Just a little recap for memory sake of the historic night. Russ and I took serious advantage of the many free offers yesterday! We had a night of expense-free fun! Eliot got a Halloween card from my parents which included a McD's gift card and I had a few little Monopoly coupons(more on that later). So we started our night with a free meal. Then we met friends at Ben and Jerry's and got our free ice cream of any flavor we chose. Before heading home to set up camp in front of the television, we hit Starbucks for a yummy cup-o-joe. I mean, I was lovin this night of free yum!
After putting a sleepy Chocolate Chip to bed, we grabbed our laptops and turned on the tube. In keeping with the theme of a technology-centered election, we started watching the live-feed of people's status' on facebook. If you're not a FB person, your 'status' can be updated as often as you want and is a way to communicate recent news on a regular basis about yourself.
Now, I realize people were both really excited and really disappointed but... oh. my.
There was the typical support for Obama and excitement for the change coming. There was acknowledgment of the good race that McCain ran, etc. But then there were the people taking it to the next level. And by 'to the next level' I mean, come down off the ledge, people! I can handle jokes about moving to Canada but announcing to the FB world that you're emptying your bank account ASAP? Statements like "God help us" and "May God have mercy on the people of our country?" and "We will have to trust in God now?"
REALLY???? Couple thoughts:
1. Last I checked, the definition of a "Sovereign" God was pretty clear. That doesn't change no matter who gets elected, whether it's Obama, McCain or one of my beloved Spice Girls. (Campaign slogan: Tell me whatcha want, whatcha really really want...)
2. God is and always has had mercy on the people of our country. Let's revisit The Gospel, shall we? Hold the drama, peeps. God's mercies are God's mercies.
3. Now? Now we have to trust God? Hmmm. Glad that finally started.
Don't hear what I'm not saying, bloggees. I wasn't sold on either camp this time around. There were elements I liked about both candidates and elements I didn't trust about either of them. Some stati (plural for status, I just made it up) I appreciated were someone being "cautiously optimistic" and "disappointed but excited as well."
Anywho, what's done is done. I keep coming back to the scripture where the disciples cast lots to determine the new guy. Casting lots, huh? For a position in the big 12? So we could have just flipped a coin and God would have been with that decision? I'm glad He's that big. This will be a new season and both good and bad fruit will come of it all.
For now, I'm appreciating the redemption aspect of what just happened. I am looking at a little brown face this morning that has less boundaries than he had before yesterday.