Tuesday, 21 November 2017

M Michele's Musings

My Election Day Faux Pas

User Rating: 0 / 5

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive
 

My husband and I rose early and were at the doors when they opened because we had a ton of things to do that morning.  After signing in I stepped into the booth but something was wrong.  There were no lights lighting the screen and I had to let the attendant know there were issues.   While she was trouble shooting, I had been pushing the few boxes I could see, my finger landing on a box as it finally lit up with an X to the side of the box.  I was not really concentrating on which name was across from the X, I was more worried that the machine was working properly.  The attendant asked if the machine now worked.   Through the thick curtain I told her yes, glancing vaguely at the name across from the X while at the same time pulling the lever.  Instantly, I knew I had voted for the opposing candidate.  I stood there stupefied!  What had I done?  I wanted to run out of the voting booth and scream, “Please give me another chance!  I accidently picked wrong!”  

I held my peace as I gloomily walked out of the booth trying hard not let my husband see my distraught face.   I wanted to cry.   Because of the opponent’s stance on certain issues, just days before I boldly stated that I would never vote for the opponent even adding, “over my dead body!”  Yes, one of those statements that has a way of coming back to haunt you.  Somewhat like spitting up in the air.   There I was, still alive and kicking, but with sputum all over my face!  And then my husband had the gall to ask, “You voted for the right candidate, yes?”   I thought of a quick response, “I certainly hope so.”  But the sinking feeling in my heart knew it wasn’t so.   Thankfully he didn’t push the issue.   I needed to pray.  

I had a meeting to attend so we had gone to vote in separate vehicles and there was my opportunity to pour my heart out to God.  I was grieved.  I think that voting is one of the most important things we can do as a citizen and as a Christian.  I believe my vote does count and I had voted for someone that I felt stood solidly against some very important Biblical values.   Though I had not intentionally voted for the opponent, still I kept asking God to forgive me, all the while worrying and fretting about the outcome of the election.  Then softly the Lord spoke to my heart.  He reminded me that it is He that deposes kings and raises up others (Daniel 2:21).  He was in control.  I didn’t have to worry.  Even if someone was in office that did not follow or hold to God’s word or truth that my job was to pray for all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (1 Tim 2:1-2).   Everything was going to be all right despite my faux pas.   I had peace.

All this made me think about making mistakes in general.   You can’t undo them.  Once they have been committed you can’t take them back just like I couldn’t run out of the voting booth and ask for a re-vote.  It was too late.  What was done was done.   Sin is no different than making mistakes.  Once a sin has been committed you can’t take it back.  Whether intentional or by design what is done is done, it is final.

Sin brings with it remorse, guilt, worry, sickness and ultimately the wages of sin is death.  Every one of us wishes that there are things we could do over.  That we could go back and undo things we have said and things we have done.  We wish and wish and still the consequences of mistakes or sin knock at our door demanding some sort of payment.  There is, however, hope through Jesus.  God forgives our sin when we repent and ask for forgiveness.  There is redemption from sin through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross.  There may still be consequences but forgiveness of our sin brings hope and freedom from the ultimate wages of sin. 

Sin can bring us far away from God.  But Jesus brings us near to God.  Kerrie Roberts sings a song, Like Jesus Loves.  There is a wonderful verse in this song, “No distance too far for the reach of His grace.”   My heart swells with emotion and tears fall unbidden from my eyes just thinking about this verse.   No matter how far we are from God because of sins, mistakes or because we have turned away and are running from God, no matter how far, there is no distance too far for the reach of His grace.  Jesus paid the ultimate price for sin.   He died on the cross with arms open wide embracing all of humanity.

He was wounded for our transgressions;

He was crushed for our iniquities;

Upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

And with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5

 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,

That whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

 

Jesus paid it all so that we could have a relationship with God.  And God can turn around our mistakes.  He can turn around our sin. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)   He can give us peace in the midst of our life even if the consequences of our mistakes or sin are knocking at our door because ultimately He is in control.  He loves you so much.  Trust Him today.

 

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright October 2015 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire


Credits: “Like Jesus Loves” is sung by Kerrie Roberts. Writer(s) are Rob Graves and  Kerrie Roberts
Copyright: Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing, Hootey 2 Music

 

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  

Fueling Wholesome Entertainment

TWJ Magazine is the premier publication for lovers of the written word.