My hubby woke me up at about 1:00 a.m. with “the news,” and I fell into a brief but desperate shock about the election results. To survive that moment, I turned away from news media and social media and inward and upward toward God.
Seconds later, one of my students messaged that “they,” the students, needed something encouraging from me. I told her my mind and spirit were too hurt for wisdom and offered the only thing in my head at the time: The chorus to the song “Because He Lives,” written by Bill Gaither, has been playing over and over and over and over in my head since I heard the news.
Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
All fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is the worth living
Just because He lives.
She responded enthusiastically, “Yes! That’s just what we need!”
I embrace the truth of those lyrics. God is Sovereign and that is why I was able to get up, get moving, and face today. This moment is simply this moment. It will pass. We’ll work for change. We’ll get beyond it. And eventually, we’ll be okay.
Everywhere I turned today, people asked questions, seeking answers that would satisfy their disbelief at the outcome. In a pre-election interview with Christianity Today, Max Lucado responded to a question regarding his thoughts on the 2016 race. For those of faith, his response is key:
There is still a God in heaven. Even when the person on the throne or in the White House or leading the country is far from God, God is not far from the nation. Books like the Book of Daniel give us hope during seasons when we don’t see any good options…We’re [the Church] people who lead forth in prayer. If we fail at that, then I don’t think we have much hope.
I am certain of this–God is still in heaven. [So] I will continue to make my life a prayer to Him. My hope rests in Him, not in presidents. This is what I told my son this morning. This is what I told my students. This is what I will continue to repeat until the day comes when I will not have to repeat it.