I’m writing this on Wednesday evening from my Greenwich Village apartment. There’s a constant wail of sirens and a drone of helicopters right outside my window, tending to the swarms of protesters and demonstrates that have taken to the streets of my NYC neighborhood.
The election results are still outstanding. And all anyone on the news is talking about is potential voter fraud, and tediously going through all the different state-combinations President Trump or Joe Biden needs in order to get to 270 electoral votes.
And, like you, I’m about ready to rip my hair out. I can’t take any more of the commentary. Just count the legal votes, and determine the winner. It doesn’t seem too difficult.
I’ve pretty much conceded that Joe Biden is going to win. And if somehow, Trump pulls out a miraculous victory, then this entire writing effort here tonight will find its way to the circular file before publication, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. Because, as it appears right now, Biden is going to win this this thing by the skin of his veneers.
And, if like me, that has you highly concerned for the moral state of our country — for its protection of the sanctity of life, for the foreseeable future of what was once Trump’s booming economy that was uplifting all Americans, for the religious freedom we’ve been privileged to exercise, for the health of businesses – large and small, for the once thriving stock market and the financial security that brought to over 100 million of us, and for the personal liberties that are in grave jeopardy under a Biden (really Harris) administration — allow me to just say this: sometimes God allows us to hit rock bottom, in order for there to be extraordinary change.
And, sure, maybe that sounds dramatic, but truthfully, with the most radically far left senator – Kamala Harris – at the wheel, I truly do fear that we may never see the same America ever again. Because, many people believe, that three months into his term, Biden is going to come out and say that he has developed dementia and is no longer fit to serve. Enter Kamala “I’m speaking” Harris.
But I am here to tell you, that I am living proof that sometimes God allows us to hit rock bottom, in order for us to have a momentous transformation.
During my anorexia, I not only reached rock bottom, but the basement of rock bottom.
I went from a three-sport Varsity athlete on the Homecoming Court with a bright future in the drama department at USC, to an osteopenic, 78-pound shell of my former self. I had thrown away all my relationships, lost my hair, didn’t walk in my graduation, abused my body to literal skin and bone, and I found myself across the country at an inpatient treatment facility for three months.
You see, before my eating disorder, I was crippled with pride and vanity. I was the finalist in the Miss Teen Ohio pagaent, I was dating the captain of the football team, and I allowed myself to be defined by my looks and outward appearance, as much as I hate to admit that.
And in order to get through to me — through my stubbornness, through my inflated sense of self and importance — God literally had to strip it all away. Up to and including my mane of beautiful curly hair.
It was rock bottom. I had nothing left. Not even a shred of dignity, having had lied to every person in my life that I “didn’t have an eating disorder.”
Sometimes, God has to break us, in order to rebuild us in a way that — not only saves us from ourselves — but allows us to recognize the error of our ways, and in turn, sets us on the right path: His.
Is it pretty radical to say that a Biden/Harris administration could bring us to rock bottom? Yeah. But as I see it…it is very possible:
The tremendous headway that Trump made in the protection of unborn children in the womb will be completely reversed — and then some.
And truthfully, that is the greatest tragedy of all.
There will be dark days. Civil liberties — like the second amendment, our right to religious freedom, freedom of speech, etc — will be infringed. Many more people will hurt financially — (I mean, where has socialism ever worked?) We will hurt morally. We will hurt socially and spiritually. And as “woke” cancel culture becomes the mainstay, we will also hurt on a personal level.
But I have to trust that this is all part of God’s plan.
Do I wish that I didn’t have to go through that incredibly painful painful season where I lost literally everything to my anorexia? Sure. It was the hardest season of my life.
But I know that I am the woman I am today, precisely because I endured that trial.
When we carry our cross, we share in the suffering of Jesus, and therefore, become more like Him. And what a beautiful thing that is.
I can only hope and pray that this upcoming season of moral corruption and strife that I believe we will see in a Biden/Harris administration will be divinely used to bring about a change that is good and pleasing to God. That He will use it to raise new faithful leaders who will help transform our nation into one that recognizes the need to protect the innocent and vulnerable, and finds a newfound gratitude for the freedoms and liberties that we took for granted. Perhaps it will spur in the church an overwhelming desire to return to worship and bring people home to Jesus. And in that case, I guess that would be the greatest election outcome of all.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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