Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I was recently reading some articles about Barak Obama vs. John McCain, as well as watching some videos that a friend sent me. When I read and watched, my burning passion for my country was inflamed within my mind, and I went crazy with the desire (and that seems like a belittling word compared to this intense feeling I have) to do something for my country. I was talking to my friend Olivia Howard at the time, and I expressed this urge. I cannot very well describe it, but I will try the best I can. I felt a burning, raging passion in the depths of my soul .... A strong sensation that something must be done! I felt helpless. I felt insignificant and insipid. (I felt like nothing, which really is true! I am but dust!) Of course I have no political influence on anything or anyone least of all the government... I cannot rebuild Wall Street, I cannot do anything about the terrorists, or the war in Iraq. Here are some things I said to Olivia about it:

"I just yearn to do it SOO badly! I feel like America is looking on towards the cliff and plunging unknowingly towards the edge."

"Of course I wouldn't want to do this (reffering to those things I listed up there) but... I wish it could be done and if there was anything I could do to promote it then I would but what is it?"

"What is it that poor insipid people whom no one cares about can do for their country?"

"I don't know," she replied.

"YOU DON'T KNOW?????" I said, as though I rather expected she had a solution for me... But then something dawned upon me. I thought that in my mind I saw a faint streak of light. It grew stronger and stronger, as truth always does. A feeble peace began to enter my mind. I said to Olivia:

"The answer is everywhere. When we don't have influence on the governemnt or politics... Then—and even if we did—we pray. Because even the prayers of poor insipid creatures reach Him who sits in the heavens and laughs. Yet he hears our desperate pleas that come straight from a heart loyal to King and country! And what comfort we have that even if devestation befalls our country then he has ordained it and will make a way out for his people... For, 'I have never seen his children begging for bread', from Psalm 37."

Then the tables reversed. Instead of me encouraging her, it was she encouraging me. My faith began to sink. I felt like I was in a state of inertitude. I began to be afraid of everything. "What would become of us if our country became devastated? What would happen?" But she reminded me, "Pray...! Put your desire for your country upon your Lord, and he will give you an overflowing peace about it... The prayers of the children of God are not neglected."

This once more relieved me... But allow me to encourage ALL of my brothers and sisters in Christ to pray and to never cease watching!

The things that I have said may seem drastic and dramatic, but it was really what I was feeling... And I know that I might have seemed a little strange in this post... but.... and... Well, that's it I suppose...... As I said to Olivia,



Olivia Howard said...

You are sooooo right, Ruby! You encouraged me through this post, even though we were chatting about it! Thanks, you're a great sister.

Waiting, watching, PRAYING!


Anonymous said...

Oh--you too?!

I always like to remember the verse, "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14

I was thinking about that verse one day, and I thought, "But how many Americans don't even believe in God? The wicked people are the ones who need to repent, and they are the ones who don't want to!" Then I realized what the verse says. It says, "If 'MY' people." Not, "If the whole country." Not, "If the wicked." If the CHRISTIANS repent, then God will, "hear from heaven," etc.

I think we underestimate the power of prayer in this day and age. Do you know who Marshall Foster is? He was one of the speakers in Jamestown, and his focus is on America's godly heritage. (That's actually the name of a video of his.) In the video, he talks about how, during the War for Independence, the men would gather to fast and pray. He said that something miraculous always happened after those gatherings. Prayer is powerful.

God bless!


Darby said...

I feel the EXACT same way Ruby!! Thanks for the post, that was really encouraging.

Ruby Jean Hopkins said...

Dear Olivia,

Thank you so much for your encouragement during that discussion! You are a wonderful sister in Christ!

Dear Hannah,

Oh! yes me! That verse is really good. Thank you for bringing it up. You are so perfectly right, I agree with you completely.

Dear Darby,

O! You are welcome! I am glad that you all feel the same way I do. Thanks for commenting!

Daddy read all your comments, and was very happy with what everyone said... He thought it was amazing that I got three responses on this post. :) And Hannah, he said to say that that's a great verse you brought up!

Much Love,
~Ruby Jean