Well, it appears that the world is pausing as President-Elect Barak H. Obama is preparing to be sworn in today as the 44th President of the United States of America! Countless amounts of people have flown and driven to Washington to see and take part of this Historical Event. Others across the world are glued to their TV sets. CNN and Facebook have joined together to help capture people’s moment to moment reaction. I’ve been sharing these moments with my parents, siblings and close friends this morning. The excitment is incredible and at times sobering. What a powerful moment in time. It will be remembered forever.
I am seeing something that I have never seen in my life time. Yes, I know Obama is the first Black President. That is awesome! However, that is not what I am talking about. What I am referring to is having someone in the highest office in the United States that inspires people to have hope! To me, that in itself is amazing.
He is not perfect. He’ll make some mistakes. He won’t have all the answers and He is definitely not the answers to all our problems. However, his ability to inspire people of all ages, genders, and races – his ability to encourage people in the direction of positive change is something that is so needed today.
Hope is something that has been missing. For so long, it looked as if we had lost our ability to dream. We have been inundated with so much negative news. That negativity had slowly begun to cloudy our soul and our vision. I can’t tell you the countless amounts of people that I talk to everyday that were hopeless. They just expected things to not work out in their lives or in our communities. They were afraid to encourage their children to dream. Why should you dream and be disappointed? But now, hope is in the air. Change is in the atmosphere? The desire to dream is falling on our youth and on our Elders. Excitement and passion are running over like a waterfall. You may not like him, but you can’t deny it. Welcome President Barak Obama!
Now, I challenge you to recognize the season you are in. Get your expectations up. Get your excitment back. Dream again. Why? Because President Obama is in office? No sir. I believe that natural occurances are just reflective of Spiritual occuarances. I believe we are in a shift. We have been in difficult positions, but things are shifting. We’ve been tempted to throw in the towel but hope, along with victory, is emerging because we didn’t faint. There’s a change in the atmosphere. What will become of your dream? What do you think will happen if you believe God for what seems like the impossible? See, GOD is the answer to all our questions. He is the hope of the world. Man will fail you and disappoint you but not God. It is Him that gives us the desires of our hearts. He formed the dreams in us. He causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Yeah, God is up to something. He is about to show out. Are you ready? It doesn’t matter what things look like, when God arises, enemies scatter. As God arises, great things happen. Hold on ’cause a change is coming!
Psalms 42 : 5 states, “Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God.” It is time to not only have hope but have hope in God.
Well, as we celebrate this moment in history, be happy but also be careful to not expect man to do what only God can do. Place your hope in God!
Here’s to change!
Stay encouraged, stay hopeful and stay in God’s presence!
Wendy M. Reynolds