Posted by: ritagone | October 19, 2016

It Just So Happens…




In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in a mess politically. I don’t care who you believe in, who you think is wonderful, who you’re going to believe in. Something, as Shakespeare famously wrote in “Hamlet” (but spoken by Marcellus, not Hamlet himself, as is often thought) is rotten in the state of Denmark. Or California. Or New York. Or any of the other 48 which are part of the United States of America.

It’s pretty discouraging, for sure.

You can analyze all you want how we got here.

Even more difficult, of course, is coming up with a remedy to get us out of the mess. Is it Trump? Is it Clinton? Is it socialism? Is it not voting at all? There are all kinds of answers and attempts at answers swirling around everywhere, in conversations, on Facebook, on every cable news channel every minute of every day and night.

It’s enough to make you want to bury your head in the sand or move to New Zealand. But I don’t think New Zealand is allowing Americans to move there. They are smart. They’ve closed their doors.

Fortunately, as “coincidence” would have it (quotes around the word “coincidence” because I don’t believe one iota in coincidence), I’ve been studying the book of Esther for the last six months so that I could be teaching it every Thursday morning at Connection, my church’s women’s Bible study/community group that meets weekly. Never has a book of the Bible been more pertinent or applicable to what’s going on in our culture! (Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, since there are many books of the Bible that pertain to our current cultural situation, thank goodness. But Esther really struck me as a book “for such a time as this.”)

And so, “it just so happens,” as I read and studied the book of Esther, as I pondered the comparisons between her time and ours, I came to the conclusion that God is up to the task to guide us through the mess we’re in. Something indeed is rotten in the U.S. right now, but something – Someone – is greater than all the rot we can throw at Him.

As we approach election day in just a few weeks we need to keep this mind, constantly re-telling ourselves this truth: God is here and He is able. He was there for Esther when it looked like every Jew in the Kingdom of Persia was going to be annihilated, and you can’t tell me that things are any worse today. So let’s stop whining and bemoaning our situation and acting like God has left us in the lurch.

He hasn’t.

He never will. (Psalm 1:6: “For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Amen to that.)

Even though we’re surrounded by the biggest bunch of idiots and crooks we could ever have imagined, still, God is with us.

It just so happens…



  1. Amen to that!

  2. Amen and amen.
    In fact, I’m believing more and more, it’s an exciting time for the church and the U.S. I’m praying more and worrying less. Thanks Rita!

  3. Boy ain’t that the truth!! That was the first thought that came to my mind. You hit the nail on the head. God has given you a way of putting things in perspective and reminding us of the truth. God never fails and His Word should give us hope and perspective. Great blog again!!!

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. I just completely agree with these words–amen, sister! It took a couple of weeks of true stress for me to have recently landed in the same spot of remembering that God is soooo in control of all of this. Who KNOWS what he’s doing? The sure thing is he IS doing something. Something for good for those who are called by his name. I trust him.

    I’m teaching a junior high current events class and yesterday I “just happened” to read in my devotions the following verse from Isaiah 8, which I found to be very relevant to the mess we’re in:
    “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.”
    Such peace I felt and was able to pass on to my students. God is good!

  5. so true!!

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