Fair Enough

I’ve spent some time this morning reflecting upon the sovereignty of God. I’m a Christian and a liberal, which seems hard to reconcile for some people.  I have no desire to try to sway  you to my end of the political spectrum nor do I want to enumerate all the ways in which I believe Hillary Clinton would have been a better president. All I’m saying is I believe in the radical, life-changing, and all-inclusive love of God for His creation as expressed through Jesus Christ’s life and death on this earth. Did He not love ALL of us enough to lay down His life? And are we not likewise called to love all people?

 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you

John 15:12-14

So my candidate lost, and I’m left no choice but to face a different America than I envisioned. I had to tell my darling girls that we faced a bitter disappointment. As I got ready this morning, while they were still blissfully asleep, I prepared my thoughts and words and prayed for wisdom. I find immense solace in the fact that I have a sovereign God, who is not shaken by the events of our world. I tried my best to cheer my daughters with the fact that our God reigns regardless of the rulers of our world. God wasn’t out of His throne and let something slip passed.

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

Isaiah 40:22-23

It’s not easy to take in these ideas, especially when you’re a four year old. Avery couldn’t help but cry, just brought to tears with disappointment. I held her and told them that the three of us are called to love all people, help those in need, and stand up to bullies. We’re going to continue living out these beliefs and will not ever count ourselves out. In my most optimistic voice, I asked Avery and Lily, “Can you do that with me? Can you help a friend in need? Can you stand up to a kid who’s being a bully?” Lily, my eternally honest child,  replied, “I don’t know if I can do that.” Fair enough, my little one, fair enough. I told her the good thing is that she never has to stand alone.  I will always stand with her, but more importantly God will always stand with her. Shoot, Avery’s ready to go toe to toe anytime, so any preschool bullies need to lay low around those twins.

For all of us who feel a bit bewildered today, I’m with you. The longer I live, the less I feel like I have this world figured out. I’ll just keep struggling toward that perfect love and pray you all forgive me when I fall short of it.

 

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