My husband gets the quote of the day with, “Nobody votes on Election Day. It’s too crowded.” Ba-dump-bump. And that was before seven o’clock! Does his comedic genius know no bounds?!
Well, it’s finally Primary Day here in the great state of North Carolina. It’s been quite exciting to be the focus of so much attention, I must say. Also voting today are those people in David’s home state of Indiana, so there have been many familiar place-names in the news of late.
Election Days are exciting to me. It’s finally the time that everybody just stops talking and votes. The ads cease, the door hangers stop appearing (thank you, Obama campaign), and everybody states their one little vote’s worth of opinion. And that’s that. No more clamor, no more campaign-speak, no more words. Just push the button, get your sticker, and go home.
And then, in a very real way, we can see the will of a sovereign God play out before our eyes as the results pour in.
I should experience this acceptance of God’s will on a more regular basis in my day-to-day life, but I tend to embrace it more readily on a grander stage. Take, for example, this past February’s SuperBowl. There was a moment when I knew for certain that it was the will of God that the Giants win. Here it is, in all its glory:
“Wait, Manning’s still on his feet? How did he escape that tackle?”
“He managed to get a pass off?!”
“That guy just caught the ball AGAINST HIS HELMET with Rodney Harrison all up in his face. Clearly there is something supernatural at work here.”
And at that point in the game, it is my place as a Pats fan to say “yes and amen, blessed be the name of the Lord.” And the Lord probably cares a good bit more about other things on SuperBowl Sunday to begin with, like the disgusting amount of money that companies spend for advertising and all that jazz.
But that’s the general feeling I’m trying to relate here. It’s the moment when you realize all the hoopla and effort on your part is over, and you have nothing to do but sit back and embrace God’s perfect plan and perfect timing.
Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.“
Even if the candidate of our choosing does not win, we can rest assured that in the greater picture, the candidate of God’s choosing will win. Panic over a loss or elation over a win are short-lived, and should be felt in the grander scheme of why God may raise up or bring down men and women in leadership. It could be for purposes far, far, beyond our place and time. Only He knows the outcome.
And ultimately, election days should make us long for the day when the King returns and all is made right.
15“Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”