Many many people are in a panic because of the outcome of the election. I empathize and would be in a panic, too, except that over the past few years I have found my refuge. I have needed to go there frequently because of a variety of disasters, catastrophes, and onslaughts. If Viktor Frankl can survive Auschwitz concentration camps by going to his refuge, so can we.
I am ‘borrowing’ the following thoughts from a post I wrote several months ago…a post which probably now belongs to word press. I am not implying that any elected official is evil. I am addressing how I respond to situations that leave me feeling fearful and despairing. I believe now, as then, it is a time to hunch up close to Jesus:
This morning, …I felt powerless, minuscule, and controlled. But then I remembered, I have God…not that God is in my back pocket and that I can whip Him out at a moment’s notice and hack and slash at my enemy, but it is a similar situation as fighting evil. I am called to do what I can to be vigilant and to protect myself and loved ones with prayer and condemnations of Satan and his minions in the name of Christ.
However, when I am feeling weak in the over-arching presence of users, manipulators, and terrifying possibilities, I am reminded of a sweet homily given at the funeral of an 18-month-old child. The wise minister did not give the typical come-to-Jesus sermon to his captive audience; instead, he addressed our pain and confusion over why God allowed this to happen. Try as he did to satisfy our non-understanding, the words I clearly remember were, “Now is a time to hunch up close to Jesus.”
There are forces and actions in this world that are just not understandable. Taking on the forces of evil is less effective and more dangerous than tilting at windmills; one can get lost in the darkness and overwhelmed by it. I’ve said it before, this is not heaven; this is the life before the afterlife. The safest place for me to be is hunched up close to Jesus. He has the power to control and defeat the users and manipulators; I do not. When I try to, I weaken myself by becoming angry, fearful, anxious, and destructive. Those attitudes open me up to being influenced by evil and I refuse to play into that.
Say what you will; I may be turning a blind eye to the users and manipulators but am I turning a blind eye to evil when I refuse to focus on it? I don’t think so. I am weak. I am vulnerable. But, hunched up close to Jesus, I am as safe as I can be in this life. When I can’t feel Him directly with His hand on my head or His arm about my shoulders, I hear His voice or see His sweet gentle smile. If I am not aware of any of this, I read His words and focus on His promises, because I know that in His presence the evil one shrinks, cringes, and slithers away defeated.
There are, and always will be in this life, users and manipulators. I can not defeat them. But, God has His ways. The Holy Spirit is not computer illiterate. The more technology advances, the more vehicles the Holy Spirit has. I am not afraid or in doubt as to Who will win this battle. It is decided; it is done. All that is left is for it to play out. There will be casualties and there will be victories, but, again, this is not heaven.
Thanks be to Jesus…
And to God be the Glory…