Monday, November 7, 2016

The results are in

"He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:39-40

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The winners of Sunday's New York City Marathon were announced quickly with the results dominating racing headlines for several days. Kenyan runner, Mary Keitany, won the women's division for the third consecutive year and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, of Eritrea, won the men's race becoming the youngest marathon winner in history at the age of 20. While Kenya claimed the second spot finishes, American runners Molly Huddle and Abdi Abdirahman took third filling the podium with both a men's and women's winner for the first time since 1994. As exciting as those results were though, you can be sure different results will be dominating the news very quickly.  

You see, today the winners of the elections all around the United States will be announced. And on this day, not only do you and I have a choice to make between candidates, we also have a choice to make about how we react to the results. When choosing the latter, I do hope that you will remember that no matter who becomes our next president, governor or state representative, God is still in control. And this same God who "rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" and they obeyed is the same God that is saying to us today... trust Me, I am still in charge. Pastor Rick Warren says it this way, "Every day, you have to decide who’s going to be in control of your life — you or God."

So it's your decision my friend. Trust in the Lord and let go of your worry and anxiety. Or continue crying out in the storm as Jesus asks, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" The choice is yours. As for me, I'm putting my trust in Jesus Christ no matter what the results may be.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your repeated promises that you were, are and always will be in control. As believers, help us to remember that, no matter what happens in this world, an eternity filled with no worry, fear or sin awaits us when we enter heaven. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen. 

Happy Running!!!

Eye of the storm - Ryan Stevenson