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Topic: Rejoicing (11/22/04)

TITLE: Walking by Faith Not by Sight
By Chris Miller


"Jesus loves me; this I know, for the Bible tells me so." We Christians sing these words as children. Throughout life as well, we're accustomed to believing God's promises through faith as we read the Bible and listen to sermons. Sometimes, however, God intervenes in our lives in extraordinary ways. We shake our heads in wonder and rejoice at His personal touch, a God thing.
For months, I had been praying about the presidential election. For most of 2004, I had been optimistic about President Bush's re-election. We were at a spiritual crisis in our country, and I was thankful for a Christian president who defended moral values and prayed about his decisions. I felt that he had shown himself to be a strong, Godly leader and deserved another term in office.
After the first October debate, the poll numbers "tightened" as the media likes to spin. As a fourth grade teacher, I was attending kids' camp on Monday, October 4th. While wandering the campgrounds watching the children's activities, I waged an inner struggle. Discouragement wrapped its tentacles around me. I couldn't seem to break loose from the panic that was making my heart race.
About 3:00 a.m. that morning I woke with deep concern. From a camp bunk bed I cried out to the Lord, "I am discouraged. I feel I'm losing hope that the President will win." As I waited in silence a segment of a verse shot through my thoughts: "I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." I felt comforted and decided to read some Psalms. My Daily Bread devotional was stuffed open-faced in my Bible. The lesson on the right side of the page titled "Looking for Comfort" made me smile. I surely did need comfort! When I found the key verse I was really astounded. Psalm 27:13, "I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." Now, the Lord had my attention. At the bottom of the page another axiom cheered me: Believing in the goodness of the Lord keeps hope alive. What a personal response to my need! The frosting on the cake, however, was served when I opened my Bible to Psalm 27. Incredibly, I had already underlined and dated verse 13 on July 8, 2004. God had motivated me to underline a verse in July that He knew I would really need in October. Only He could make His living Word applicable to His child in her time of need.
In the following days, the plot thickened. A friend expressed hope that the president was also receiving spiritual encouragement. In response to her comment, I wrote a note to the White House, sharing my unusual experience. As I was addressing the envelope, someone seemed to tap me on the shoulder, "Wasn't that verse in one of the President's annual Christmas cards?" I scoured the house for my Christmas card collection. To my delight, the card from Christmas 2001, after 9/11, did indeed have this verse. "Thy face, Lord, so I seek: I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!" Psalm:27;8,13.
Once again I appreciated our Christian president who recognized God's providential care. I believed, at this point, that God was using the repetition of this verse to reassure me of George w. Bush's re-election. During the next few stressful weeks, I "fed on God's faithfulness" (Psalm 37) by constantly reciting the now quite familiar words of Psalm 27:13. As I shared this experience with others, I had the pleasure of seeing them encouraged: some about the election, some about other issues in their lives. One of my close friends unexpectedly received Psalm 27:13,14 from a stranger from whom she had purchased a book on line. We marveled together over God's sense of humor. We pictured Him chuckling over our amaztment at His persistent message.
On November 3rd, I rejoiced! Thankfulness overwhelmed my next few days. I believe that God's promise through Psalm 27:13 made the victory all the sweeter. More importantly, though, than who won the election was the knowledge that God loved me enough to give me personal encouragement through His timeless Word. This Thanksgiving, in particular, I rejoice over God's faithfulness to me and to our nation!

Member Comments
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Corinne Smelker 11/29/04
An honest look at something that affects the world for the next 4 years. Our church, which is run by a South African couple, had prayer for 2 hours, every Thursday night for 2 months leading up to the elections. There was no doubt in my mind who would win!
Debbie OConnor11/29/04
Great entry. I have had marvelous experiences like this one, as I'm sure my other FaithWriters also have. He is SO faithful to supply all our need. I rejoiced over the last election too.
Mitzi Busby11/29/04
I enjoyed your views and your writing. I am thankful for a godly president.
Pam Williams11/29/04
I think you've described how many walked the tightrope on choosing our country's leaders. My prayer is always to have God's choice lead! Nicely written.
Kelly Klepfer12/01/04
God is mind-blowingly awesome! I love it when He reaches down and touches our hearts. Our response needs to be to continue to seek Him. We must not become complacent....
Lois Jennison Tribble12/01/04
Welcome to FaithWriters, Chris! I love the intimate feel of this piece as you bring us with you through the journey. Praise God for His grace to this nation and daily in our lives, and for your witness to us of His caring hand in all our activities.
Jennifer Levy12/02/04
We'll see if all this rejoicing adds up to the truth, in the end.

I don't believe it will. I believe many have been deceived. Listen to Karl Rove, the architect of your idol. He believes in nothing but himself. Make not for yourselves graven images.
Deborah Porter 12/17/04
Hi Chris. I'm just doing the editing/proof-reading of all the challenge winners for the next FaithWriters' Anthology. I've sent you an e-mail about a query I need to check with you rather urgently, but not sure if it got to you. Could you please contact me at debporter@breathfreshair.org as soon as possible? Thanks for that. With love, Deb
Deborah Porter 12/17/04
Never mind Chris ... I've just worked out what the problem was. The version you sent to FaithWriters after you won, was actually missing an entire piece of your article. No wonder it didn't make sense! It's all fixed now. Love, Deb