But then I was faced with the reality that not everyone felt as elated as I. To some, the results of this election seemed to bring fear and panic, and a sense of financial instability. For me, not having any real savings or stocks and being totally dependent on social security and a very small government pension, has its benefits. Nothing to lose. But for those whose livelihood is based on a 401K or other type of retirement savings account, the news from the stock market created a great feeling of insecurity and grave concerns about the future. Even though the experts remind the world that this is only a temporary setback and will soon recover, for those not having that kind of foresight there is major anxiety.
While contemplating this apparent calamity in the lives of those around us, the chorus to an old hymn kept pressing into my heart:
But perhaps not everyone understands or has confidence in having faith in God. And I would be insensitive to flippantly say that is what one should do when they feel their world is crashing down around them. Faith in God is not something that is learned overnight or easily understood. It may take years of learning to trust in the One true and living God, learned only through personal trials of loss and God's provision, sorrow and regained peace, heartache and restored joy. This does not come easily, and I have learned that it only comes when I am willing to surrender my control over the things around me...my finances, my home, family, job, health, world events, wars, elections, friendships, and the list goes on and on. When I recognize that I never had control over those things anyway, it frees me to rest in the Lord and let Him take charge.
Psalm 33:18-22 speaks comfort to my soul and hopefully to any out there who are struggling today: