I turn 18 just in time to vote this year. Yay.
I’m tempted to call this a curse, but I know God doesn’t do things by accident, so I’m going to call it a blessing. I’m dreading the upcoming election. I’m not going to use this post for a political rant, but I feel my upcoming decision to vote weighing my spirit. I was so sure of what I’d do, and now I’m not. So that’s when I decided to make an election playlist. Here are a few of the songs:
“All the Earth Will Sing Your Praises” by Travis Cottrell
“The Battle Belong to the Lord” by The Marantha! Singers
“Beautiful Things” by Gungor
“Fix My Eyes” by for KING & COUNTRY
“Father I Adore You” by Marantha! Music
“Forever Reign (Radio Version)” by Hillsong Live
“Holy Spirit” by Francesca Battistelli
“I Am” by Crowder
“Our God is Greater” by Shane & Shane
As you can probably tell from the song titles, right now I’m just trying to remind myself that no matter what happens, God’s in control and He has a plan for it. I particularly love the cover for “Beautiful Things” by Gungor:
As you can see in the picture, there are symbols of warfare, torture, and death, but from a distance, you can only see colorful little flowers. God can make beautiful things out of anything, no matter how horrendous. He can turn the most terrible loss into a victory. I have to keep reminding myself that no matter who wins this upcoming election and gains control of this nation, God has control over the universe. If you’re despairing right now–either because of the election or something else–remember God’s promise:
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.”
No matter what happens in this election or the next, we have God’s plans to look forward to: a hope and a future.
What are you dreading right now? What do you do when you’re stressed?