Last month my wife’s older sister had a stroke that paralyzed the left half of her body. We, her extended family saw God’s mercies in various forms: an amazing recovery of partial mobility in the affected leg and arm, the kindness of people from her church who visited her and how much that meant to her, the activation of our own compassion, the answered prayers some of you prayed. We also had opportunity to feel frustrated: medical complications including an infection that required a hospital move and a second surgery, facility transfers that were delayed because of an ambulance not arriving, insurance not being as cooperative as we had hoped, and the general disruptions to our lives. In this world we have trouble. A small reminder (some people have lots more trouble than this) of two truths: This world is broken, and God’s grace shines through it.
Last week over 120 million Americans went to the polls to cast their vote for their nominee to be the next president. Many thought that Hillary Clinton would easily run away with this election, but as the polls closed Tuesday night, the unthinkable became the probable and the probable became a reality as we awoke to the news that Donald Trump had become our 45th president. Walking into my office the following morning, I could tell who voted for whom and it reminded me of what Pastor Steve said in last Sunday’s service. Regardless of who won, a lot of people would be disappointed on Wednesday morning. As followers of Jesus Christ, there are two things we can do. The first is pray. We are instructed to pray for those in leadership, that they lead with wisdom, integrity and compassion. The second… trust God. In these uncertain times, we tend to focus on an individual to bring about change and peace, but the Bible reminds us that the peace we need can only be found by trusting in Jesus. So today, let me encourage you to pray for our leaders and trust God. I don’t know what the future holds, but I choose to trust in a benevolent God who will work all things according to His will and plan.