It is election time in Austria!
Austria goes to the polls on the 15th of October, 2017 and Austrians will have their say in the National elections. I will be one among them. It has been my privilege to cast my vote for different leadership positions in this beautiful country that I call ‘home’ and I have handled it as earnestly as I possibly could.
But it does feel a whole load different this time. Since my last ballot box experience, the world has changed dramatically! It has been a tough time trying to keep up with events and comprehend what’s going on. I have been torn apart trying to find a balance between being a part of this world and yearning deep solitude and isolation.
A handful of historical elections have also taken place all over the world and it has made me rather cautious! Thank God for Saint Paul who tells me in one of his epistles, that I am a citizen of heaven! Honestly, I have not appreciated this truth as much as I now do! I am deeply relieved and thankful! However, here I am at the moment, and I must stay involved. Every election that has taken place from India to the United States, UK, France and recently in Germany have been of immense significance signalling a change of guard in our world. A change of guard that does not seem promising or uplifting or morally right in some cases. I have voiced my opinion at times and have observed, absorbed and tried to use the learning to prepare myself for this day when I will have to vote and not just voice an opinion.
So what am I going to do? I am going to the only Supreme Entity I know of, Who I can truly trust and I am going to examine the decision I have already made mentally, in the light of His Word. Saint Timothy says, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
— 2 Timothy 3:16-17
A few weeks ago a dear young friend sent me a verse from the book of Proverbs. She sent it to encourage me through a situation that I found myself in at that time. Here it is:
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; but the Lord weighs the hearts.
— Proverbs 21:1-2
I have been preparing myself for a long time to be able to take a good decision to vote for a leader and his agenda that seems most acceptable to me as a follower of Jesus Christ. It has not been easy. But I feel good knowing that the Lord will weigh the heart, that He will swing the results of the Austrian elections in the direction He wants!
I am not going to fret and sweat. The decision is made. I stay open for any new revelation from God in the next hours before I vote, but unless I sense a need to change my mind I am going to vote for the candidate I have chosen. There are a few more days to go before I get to the voting booth; I am going to use it to talk to my Lord and ask Him to take the heart of my candidate in His hands and then I know that like the rivers of water, He will turn it wherever He wishes!
I am a citizen of heaven indeed, but for now I am glad to call Austria my home and I am so thankful to be able to play a tiny part in the history of this country.