Well, folks, looks like we have Obama for another four years. I must admit, I was quite depressed last night when I heard that he had been re-elected. Why? How in the world were there enough blinded people in our country to elect a man like that. . .not once, but twice? We have just thrown away everything that our founding fathers fought for. How infinitely ungrateful.
They say that everything looks better in the morning. . .and I suppose that it's partly true. I am looking at things somewhat differently, this morning. I am still so disappointed in Americans; disappointed that we have re-elected this man. But at the same time, I am hopeful.
G.K. Chesterton once said, "Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all...As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength."
Things definitely seem pretty hopeless right now. But that doesn't mean that God has forgotten us, or that He doesn't have absolute control of the situation. Everything that happens, including the re-election of Barak Obama, is part of God's Story. When we are in a place where we have nothing left to cling to except God, then we are in a good place. We can't see right now how it all works together. It's like we're trying to see a beautiful painting...with our faces right up against it. All we can see right now is the part that is directly in front of our faces, as we move slowly along the length of the painting. Some places are dark and gloomy and we may wonder why the Artist would put something ugly in his painting. But, in order to see the beauty and magnificence of the painting, we have to be able to see it as a whole; we have to step back and admire the whole thing at once. Then, we see how the dark places fit in with the light, colorful places; we see that without the dark places, the painting wouldn't be nearly as wonderful. We can't step back right now, but we just have to trust God that it's a good story. After all, we do already know which side wins :)
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified." (Isaiah 61:3)