November 1, 2012
It’s funny: politicians aim to inspire, encourage, dispel fear and bring hope. But as I look around this election season, I see far too many discouraged, despairing and truthfully worried people.
What have we learned the past few months? One candidate thinks Barack Obama is “amazing” while another doesn’t know the minimum wage. One candidate said something about the “47 percent” while another said “you didn’t build that.” Useless knowledge gained.
While the counterproductive “I’m a deity and my opponent is a devil” political attitude undeniably wears on you, it’s times like this that force us to put things into perspective.
We’ve all been promised hope and change. But do really we need a politician to give them to us?
For me, I simply look at my life: college graduation, a new job, another new job, getting married, moving into a home and an ultrasound of my first child. All in the past 10 months. I’d say I’ve got the ‘change’ thing conquered.
I look back and see how unclear my pre-graduation/pre-marriage/pre-job/pre-children life was 10 months ago. Uncertainty, discouragement and yep, even fear crept into my mind. I soon found that I had two options: live in stress or trust in God.
Trusting in God despite the lack of answers certainly wasn’t as simple as I now make it sound. But today I can say with conviction that God never abandoned me. In fact, He had me precisely where I was supposed to be every step of the way. And He lured me closer to His heart at my weakest moments.
Yes, politics may be discouraging. Yes, the repercussions of this election may be monumental. Yes, the thought of ‘our candidate’ losing may be scary.
But God never loses.