Abigail and I headed to our polling place after ladies bible study this morning. We got there around 11 and the line was quite long.
This picture doesn’t do it justice. I guess I should have taken a pic of the line behind me too, because it just kept growing and growing while we waited.
I vote in every election. Great or small. This was the busiest I’ve ever seen our polling location. We live in a small town and I was ballot #747.
The wait ended up being about 30 minutes long. Or in toddler speak, a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode and a half.
I should have zoomed in a bit. Abigail is wearing the cutest little patriotic bow in her hair!
I attempted to get a picture with our “I Voted!” stickers. Perhaps I should have faced us the other way. Sunshine made Abigail look like a grump. She wasn’t 🙂
Perhaps I’m overly emotional these days, but as I was loading Abigail into the car and looking at her sweet face the magnitude of what happens today and the civic duty I just performed completely overwhelmed me and my eyes just filled with tears.
I want my daughter to grow up in an America like I did. I want her to know what freedom feels like. I want her to believe anything, say anything, and honor Christ in everything without having to live in fear. Or be persecuted. Or shunned. Or restricted. I know that isn’t a promise I can claim, I know that there is no guarantee for what our future will be like. But, I know that our founders and the people who established our amazing nation intentionally founded our country so that my daughter could delight freely in all of the things I so desire for her. So, when I looked at her sweet face in the back of the car and contemplated everything that is at stake and realized I did everything that I can physically do I was completely overwhelmed.
When we got home we talked about voting and what it means. We talked about how we pray to God to help us know who to vote for. How we pray to God to intervene in our country and to guide his people to make the right choices. We talked about knowing that God is sovereign and in control and that He won’t be surprised tonight or tomorrow or whenever this is all over and that we can trust Him whatever happens.
~Phillipians 4: 6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.~