365 days ago, America inaugurated its first African American president. President Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, took office to tears of joy – and disappointment – and the world watched in awe. The transition of power was one of peace and stability, and the country, for the most part, rejoiced.
Since Jan. 20, 2009, I have watched 536 politicians on Capitol Hill take my beloved country down a rocky road obstructed with the boulders of universal health care, homosexual marriage referendums, annoying racial and political correctness games, the end of the Kennedy era, attempted terrorist plots in American soil, closing Guantanamo Bay prison, historic tax increases, unprecedented trillion dollar deficits, a shift of battlegrounds in the Middle East, and the list goes on. Through it all, my political heart quickly drip-dropped the hope I have for the future of my country, the country I am only just now inheriting. I have sat morning after morning, reading the headlines, begging for another coffee refill (because really now, one can’t stomach such news day in and night out without several mugs of decent joe.)
In the midst of my hurriedness between classes and work today, I caught glimpse of my roommate’s leather-bound book. Now for those who don’t know me, I have an especial affection for leather-bound books. They smell different than regularly spined books, and have a certain antiquated feel in your hand. It’s fantastic. The book was a small daily devotional entitled, “Jesus Calling.” I flipped to today’s short devotion, and was reminded in such a manner appro pro, that Jesus was the one and only Boss. I was comforted that no matter what bills are passed, no matter dour thinks may turn, I can always place my trust in the fact that Christ has already won the battle.
“Approach this day with awareness of who is boss. As you make plans for the day, remember that it is I who orchestrate the events of your life. On days when things go smoothly, according to your plans, you may be unaware of My sovereign Presence. On days when your plans are thwarted, be on the lookout for Me! I may be doing something important in your life, something quite different from what you expected. It is essential at such times to stay in communication with Me, accepting My way as better than yours. Don’t try to figure out what is happening. Simply trust Me and thank Me in advance for the good that will come out of it all. I know the plans I have for you, and they are good.” (Sarah Young, “Jesus Calling”)