Here we are, one day before a presidential election. Something is happening in our nation. People are being stirred to really consider their values and then to play a part in shaping our nation’s future by casting their vote. Considering the two front runners, neither candidate has the character which would make me proud to be an American. But then again, it makes me look inward and realize my own character falls short also. Then I look beyond the character to see which candidate best represents the values that I hold dear. Which one will protect unborn life? Which one will appoint judges to the Supreme Court that I can support? From a medical perspective (which EDS Mamas are constantly thinking about), which candidate will change the downward spiral in our country of insurance premiums and deductibles skyrocketing while actual coverage plummets?
As an EDS Mama, it was hard many times to look at life beyond my four walls because it was all I could do to manage life at home. I would encourage you, dear one, to be bold on November 8th, make arrangements if you need to, and get out and vote! Pray before you go and cast your vote for who you believe God would want you to support. Even Paul in Acts 22:25-29 exercised his rights as a Roman citizen. Staying home and not voting should not even be an option.
We can cast our vote tomorrow; however, I firmly believe that it is God who works through people. It is He who decides who will be “on the throne.” John 3:27 says, “…A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.” I am watching as our country stands more and more against the Word of God. Things that God says are deplorable to Him, we embrace and then bring charges against those who refuse to join the masses. I have peace with whichever candidate becomes our next President because I know God has a plan. This earth will pass away, Christ will return, and one day we will all move into the next phase which is eternal. How exciting is that?! God will put into the White House the person He chooses in order to carry out the plans that are His alone. John 3:31 says, “He who comes from above is above all.” Thank goodness!
As an EDS Mama, I’ve walked through the valley of the shadow of death. Some of you reading here have been there too, perhaps even burying a loved one who you have walked beside in this same valley. I’ve felt death’s heavy presence and I’ve experienced evil hovering over my shoulder and laughing at me. But I’ve learned to not be afraid of it. Or so I thought. Recent days have brought a new perspective to my understanding of this dark, scary valley.
I woke up a few days ago to the news of twelve police officers shot in Dallas, Texas, five of them fatally. See, I may be an EDS Mama, but I have other children, too. One of those is a police officer. I have always prayed for this son’s protection, but I do not fear for his safety. So, I surprised myself that as I sat and tried to comprehend what the news anchor was saying, I found myself weeping. It took me some days to understand why I felt so shaken.
I raised my son and all my children to view people as they are, not based on the color of their skin. I am proud of my son that he applies this to his job. To him, a criminal is a criminal; the appearance has no bearing. I do not intend to argue about what side is right or where middle ground meets, but as I’ve pondered these current events, I’ve found myself reflecting on the valley of the shadow of death.
I may be familiar with this valley because God allowed me to be there through my EDS journey, but my son willingly walks in it each day that he goes to work as well as every single day he is off duty because every police officer is never truly off duty. It’s created a new fervor in my prayers of protection for him just like the days when my daughter was in that valley because of her EDS. I know that he can walk in that valley, be aware of the danger around him, and still be able to not fear it just as I learned. Not because he is a tough cop, but because He knows his Father in heaven. And his wife will do the same because it is her calling also simply because she loves him.
Just as He always does, my Lord is challenging me today as he raises the bar of whether I will trust Him. It took me a few days to work through this, but I am able to sleep again and trust Him fully knowing He has my son’s back just as He has mine. I’m deeply encouraged that God is aware of my insecurities and fears. The very day of these tragedies, He spoke to me through a dear friend who texted me encouraging words that she was praying. I feel so proud that God raised my son up for this challenging time to be a protector of all people. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me”, Psalm 23:4 ESV.
I’m having a tough morning waking up today. Two cups of coffee down and I am still not feeling compelled to get out of my comfy chair where I am all snuggled in with my cozy housecoat. I turned the news on since I am not feeling alert enough yet to gain much from my quiet time in the Word. All over the news channels is word of another terror attack, this time in Brussels, and the death toll is rising by the minute.
Watching the panic in all the people brings life back into perspective. Living with EDS falls to the wayside for the moment; it causes me to look beyond my struggles today which seem so small in comparison. It’s a grim reminder that we live in a different world than when I was a child. The innocent peace that I experienced growing up is nowhere to be found now. Our children are keenly aware that there are people around us who spend their days plotting to kill.
These terror attacks make me want to draw close to my God, my Heavenly Father, snuggle close to His side. He sees all that is happening here and He is not surprised in the least. He sees the long term picture throughout all time. He is aware of the world my children’s children will experience. And even though it does not FEEL like it, He IS in control still. Revelation 1:17-18 says, “When I saw him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed his right hand on me and said, ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living one; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.’” It is not popular to say today, but I will say it anyway because it is where truth lives…He is the one and only true God. He is coming back and days like this remind me to look past life with EDS and wait expectantly for Him. Will you be ready?