Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Four days after the election, and it hasn’t yet been called. It is looking like Biden will be the next president of the United States of America. Those who voted for Trump are either holding out and hoping for a miraculous act of God, or they are giving up and realizing the Biden has won. Me? Well, I’m sitting here chanting the same prayer I’ve been praying for the last four days, “Your will, Lord. Not mine. I trust You.”
I’ve shared this story as part of my testimony many times in the past. About thirty years ago, after finishing nursing school, I went to work in critical care and emergency services. I absolutely loved it, but “I decided” (note the “I” in that statement) that I was going to be an acute care nurse practitioner. I had an impeccable transcript. As a matter of fact I only had one B on my entire transcript while in nursing school that kept me from having a perfect 4.0. I had been an excellent student. I was working in critical care. My application was pristine. I was a shoe-in to get accepted into the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, or so I thought… I applied, and later I received a letter from the University informing me that I had not been accepted into the program. I’m just going to be totally transparent with you here and tell you that I cried like a big old baby. I was heart broken. I didn’t understand. Why had I not been accepted? I cried out to God and prayed. It realized that it wasn’t too late to apply for the Family Nurse Practitioner program, though I felt I knew nothing at all about that because it wasn’t critical care, but still, I applied. I soon received a letter informing me that I had been accepted into this program. It took me a while to realize it, but God was behind the scenes working in my life, and I didn’t even know it. You see, I live in a very small town, and I have a close knit family. I love my home town, and I really could never see myself living in a big city. Had I become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner all those years ago, I would have likely not been able to find a job anywhere near my home. I would have had to move or do a whole lot of traveling. God knew I didn’t want to move, and instead, He opened the door for an even better opportunity. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I not only get to work close to home, I get to work with entire families. I get to know my patients and their families, and I get opportunities to share Christ on a daily basis. I absolutely love being a Family Nurse Practitioner! God knew just what I needed even though I didn’t.
The same thing goes for every circumstance in life. God knows just what we need, even when we don’t. He has a watchful eye on this country, and He is still on the throne. I heard the song, “Whom Shall I Fear (The God of Angel Armies)” on the radio this morning. It was written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Scott Cash. These words spoke to me: “I know who goes before me. I know who stands behind. The God of angel armies is always by my side. The one who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine. The God of angel armies is always by my side. My strength is in your name for you alone can save. You will deliver me. Yours is the victory.” We can’t see the big picture, but God can. He has a plan. We don’t know what His plan is, but right now, He is working behind the scenes working it all out for our good and His glory. No matter who sits in the White House as President, God will always be sitting on the throne. He will always be the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is my salvation. So I will keep praying, “Your will, Lord. Not mine. I trust you, Lord. Your will. Not mine.”