Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday Morning

"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.

"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
-The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. Chapter containing this excerpt: II The Shadow of the Past
Not a good sleep last night, friends. I can honestly say I did not watch election returns, or check online news sites. We watched a movie with the girls instead.

But I knew what had happened. I knew that if there were good news our phone would be ringing and we'd be celebrating together.

So sleep was mixed with anxiety and yes, with prayer, and even better, with some words from songs that encourage me.

I was fairly stoic this morning. Until my 10 year old started crying into her bowl of cereal. (She has shown a great interest in this election and we had just told the girls the results a few minutes before breakfast.)

Then we had a good talk about how, for a Christian, sadness is OK but hopelessness is not.

Which meant I got to talk about the passage of the Bible I had read just a few minutes before. (There are no coincidences with God!)
Psalm 91 (I'll share just a few of the verses here but the whole thing is well worth your time)
[1] He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
[2] I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
[4] He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
[14] Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
[15] He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
[16] With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Sad and disappointed? Yes, definitely.
Hopeless and despairing? Certainly not.

I wish these things had not happened in my time, but that was not for me to decide. What I decide is how I act in the time given to me. And I've decided to act like I believe God is my refuge and fortress, because He is.


MacKenzie said...

Here Here! I watched a bit but then Jonah decided he wanted to nurse lying down for 2 hours straight. It was a blessing as I spent the rest of the night reading My Antonia instead of getting upset everytime they called a new state.

Amy said...

Oh thank you for this. That is such a perfect way to look at this very disappointing outcome - sad but not hopeless.

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