Me: Hey God, I’m kinda frustrated.
God: Really, YOU’RE kinda frustrated. 🙂 Okay, I’m listening. I always am. What’s troubling you today?
Me: We are just getting into election season here in the U.S. in a big way, and it’s already starting to get ugly.
God: Yes, I know. I saw the conventions and the goings on in Oregon and Wisconsin. I’ve seen and heard a lot of very interesting things … from both sides. Some made me smile. Some made me shake my head. Some made me weep.
Me: Me, too. And the tolerance level for opposing views is already at a level so low, I am afraid for how much lower it will go.
A friend shared a term with me this weekend that really struck a chord: naïve realism – the human tendency to believe that we see the world around us objectively, and that people who disagree with us must be uninformed, irrational or biased.
God: That sounds like a pretty accurate description of what I’ve been observing. I wish that people would just turn to Me, read My Words, and not turn My Words around to serve their own purposes. I put you on this earth to serve My purposes. To be a shining light.
Me: So, I guess that is my prayer today: God, give me the strength to do just that – to stay in Your Word, listen for Your Voice; hear your Call, and do Your Will. Help me resist any and all temptations (opportunities) to enter into conversations that encourage me to be less than Christ-like in my words and actions. Remind me to have Faith that all of this is in Your Hands. I need to do my part, but You’ve got this. I needn’t worry. I just need to trust in You.
You know, that’t the hardest part – trusting and not worrying.
God: You know what happens when you ask Me to help you trust and not worry? I give your opportunities to learn how to trust and build your faith. You’re going to have plenty of opportunity between now and November to learn how to trust and not worry. I won’t lie to you – it’s not always going to be easy.
Then again, I never said it was going to be easy.
Just remember, I have you back, always and forever.
Me: Now that makes me smile.