It's an election year. Yea... The ads, the billboards, and the yard signs. It's a great privilege to live in a place where you can truly vote for your leaders, however there is a dark side to this. Every four years we have the opportunity to vote for a new person as president which means the possibility of a new party and thus new ideology and new ideas on how we proceed as a nation.
At times this change can be fairly unnoticeable, and at other times very jarring. Being a teacher, for instance, when a new president comes in it seems there come new standards and new ways to test those standards, which leads to new ways to teach the standards. And that's just one area. In a year where everyone has ideas on how to handle a certain pandemic that shall remain unnamed, you can bet that whoever the people are running for president they will have a plan to handle and fix it, and they will all be different.
I am a boring person. I like things to stay the same. If it was up to me Amy and I would still be living in the same apartment we lived in when we first got married. I would have 25 pairs of the same comfortable pants so I could wear some every day and keep the others in storage when the ones I'm using wear out. Vacation would be to the same camp site every year. And every Saturday night I would watch old Columbo episodes. I like things to stay the same.
Changes in leadership are hard for me. New superintendents/principals, new church leadership, and new presidents are difficult for me to navigate, and at this point I have two out of those three happening this year thus far. (We'll see on the president in November.) It's in times like these that I have to remind myself of something:
"But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
He has established His throne for judgment.
He judges the world with righteousness;
He executes judgment on the nations with fairness.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
Those who know Your name trust in You
because You have not abandoned those who seek You, Yahweh."
What a great reminder in times of change. God sits enthroned forever! And also His righteousness and His right way do not change. Therefore His throne established for judgment does not change with the times or who becomes earthly leader. These things WILL change, but the Lord who sits enthroned forever will not!
This same Lord who is the judge is compassionate as is seen in His being a refuge for the oppressed. And also, as we continue to seek Him He will never abandon us.
Earthly leaders will come and go, but The Lord will remain enthroned forever. I choose to take comfort in this and keep my trust in Him.