I have not been able to write anything clever or original for quite a while…I have been too worried about our country with this crazy election, and the downward direction America seems to be taking… I never really wanted this to be a blog about politics anyhow. So, since I didn’t have anything positive to write, I kept it all to myself!
Watching the news and the political debates hasn’t made me apathetic, just very disappointed… However, I became awestruck last evening as I walked along a cattle trail high in the Nevada desert. The first big storm of the season blew through the valley and left the most magnificent trail of color and power in the sky. I stared upward in amazement for about a half a minute. Then I gazed across at the rugged mountains guarding the west side of the valley. That usual rocky outline of the ridge, now white with new snow, contrasted sharply with one of the darkest clouds I have ever seen. Along that massive gray lenticular cloud were small openings that showed the most brilliant shade of blue… Only God could paint a masterpiece like this. Soon, I began to realize that it doesn’t matter who occupies the White House, they’re not really in charge anyhow.
This does not mean we don’t try to elect good leaders or fight for freedom. On the contrary, we need to be vigilant crusaders for religious freedom and to protect all forms of human life. But, we need to place our trust and our faith in God, not in politicians. As it says in Psalms 146: 3-7…
3 Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 When his breath departs he returns to his earth; on that very day his plans perish.
5 Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, 6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith for ever; 7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.
I can sing all of these well written psalms, and read the words of Christ himself in the Gospels, and still wake up the next morning worrying! Why? Do I not really believe what I have been taught all my life? I know I believe it, deep in my heart. I guess I just don’t live it or practice the Faith enough to make a difference. Think about St. Francis of Assisi. He literally rid himself of all earthly possessions and trusted God completely. Why did he do this? To live out the Gospel, and be closer to Jesus. It has been said that once he read Mathew 6: 25-27, he had no choice and knew he had to change his current way of thinking and living.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?
I truly want to have that kind of Faith. I want to be able to sleep peacefully, and wake up refreshed, knowing that God has control of everything. God gave me the ability to vote, and I did my best. If Hillary Clinton gets elected, then we need to pray for her. If that ends up being the case, then we all need to pray for the unborn without ceasing! Either way, we need to put it all into the hands of our Lord. Practicing and living this will definitely not be as easy as writing it down! We need help, and that remains one of the main reasons that God created the Sacraments. If we go to regular Confession and Mass, pray daily, and devote time for the Word, God will give us the Grace we need.
Country music star Waylon Jennings poetically wrote the words, “It don’t matter who’s in Austin, Bob Wills is still the King.” Well, as a traditional country music lover myself, I have to agree that may be the case in the state of Texas! But, here in the United States, and in the whole world, it doesn’t matter who’s in the White House, Jesus Christ is still the King of Kings. Nothing can top that.
St Francis and St. Clare, Pray for us!