Now and forever

I’m writing this before the polls close on November 3. You’re reading this after the polls have closed — maybe it’s a day after, maybe it’s been a week.

Regardless of what the world looks like where you are in time, I’m sure you’re familiar with the emotions swirling around in my head and my heart.

Anxiety. Fear. Doubt.

I’ve been dreading this day for four years — and I will dread November 2024 for the next four years.

The day that determines the immediate future of our country. The day that divides families, friends, coworkers.

But do you know what I realized this morning? If I hadn’t spent the last four years in pre-anxiety mode for today, maybe I could have done something better with all that energy, like give it to God.

Even as Christians, we feel anxiety, fear and doubt, but we also have the ultimate Comforter. Why didn’t I spend the last four years in fervent prayer and communion with God about this worry plaguing me? Why did I decide to give it to the Lord the day of the election?

Well, I know — I was avoiding it. But right now, I wish I hadn’t.

My head knows that God is infinite and eternal. Right now, He is one week into the future, one year into the future, four years into the future and 100 years into the future — that’s just a harder concept for my heart to embrace.

I have nothing to fear because, though the immediate future of our country is being decided as I type, my eternal future has been secured forever.

That’s not to say that politics and elections aren’t important — they are. Just remember that nothing done on this earth is final for believers. This place is not our home. We have a home in heaven with a perfect, loving King who will reign with compassion, patience and justice, now and forever.

Jessica Ingram

Jessica Ingram is a regular contributor to The Rope. She also is the event coordinator for The Alabama Baptist/TAB Media. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 2017 and is a member of The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham.

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