I hope you’ve had a great week. I mostly have. Sometimes I give into the temptation to scroll through social media, and that’s always a buzz killer, but when I resist it, I tend to stay pretty optimistic. By God’s abundant grace, my default mode is glass half-full.
Last Friday I had lunch with a friend who I tend to see eye-to-eye with. In fact, I even see eye-to eye-with her physically — she’s only a half inch shorter than I am. But we agree on lots of things. We were talking about a book we’d both read and she said, “The one thing I didn’t like was x.” And honestly it’s kind of an odd and insignificant tidbit about that book, but I found it to be a stumbling block as well. Those “me too” moments are especially bonding when you have both lived somewhat transient lives. She’s only been in Chattanooga a few years as well.
Anyway, as we wrapped up lunch and walked to our cars I said something that I’ve replayed over and over again in my mind. We’d ended our lunch talking about the many unknowns in the upcoming election, and as I told her how lovely it was to be with her, I said, cheerfully, “Well, even if it’s the end of the world, that’s not the end of the world.” I don’t even know where that came from but I think it’s both funny and profound. Truly, if the world as we know it ends this coming week or in the weeks ahead, as a follower of Christ, that’s NOT the end of the world.
As Paul wrote the Ephesians:
…I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.Ephesians 3:17b-19
No matter who controls the White House or the Senate, God is still Sovereign. He is on His Throne today and He will be on it on Tuesday and on January 20th and forever. I hope you see the issues the way I do. I even hope you vote the way I do. But I am called to love you regardless. I am called to treat you with love and respect, no matter what. I am called to speak honestly, but always with gentleness and respect. As a follower of Christ, the world ending is not the end of the world for me. Nothing whatsoever can separate me from His love that is higher and deeper and wider and longer than I can fully grasp.
I may meet my Savior face-to-face before the world entirely unravels, and that’ll be just fine, but if I witness the collapse of society, my prayer is that I will persevere in proclaiming His Name and giving thanks in all circumstances.
Can you too, no matter what happens, give thanks and proclaim the name of Jesus? Whatever circumstance we find ourselves in next week, we need to remember God’s faithfulness, acknowledge His sovereignty, believe He has a plan, and count our blessings.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend!
P.S. Hopefully the photo above I just snapped at my favorite coffee shop will not mark my last visit here.