Still Walking Tall

Group of six friends hiking together through a forest

I should be raging today. My candidate lost. Americans are divided. My soul feels battered. Yet when I woke up this morning—a victory itself to wake up, right?—the sun was shining. Bright.

Before my husband and I could open the shades in our bedroom, sunshine shattered the dawn. Like a sign. Carrying hope.

Don’t lose heart. More important, no matter what, don’t fall back.

Instead, on a morning or defeat and dismay, I’m looking up. Taking the high road.

With Jesus? Should I even mention him now?

Not everybody reading this is feeling Christ today. Even those of us who do may feel betrayed. Even by Him?

I did for a minute last night—wondering “where are you, God?” I’m Black. I’m a woman. And this election result feels ridiculously bad.

All defeats do. We sweat, toil, struggle, fight. Then lose? So what’s the point? Why try if we only end up broke. bruised and busted?

After such defeats, where can we possibly go?

Well, for starters, let’s move up. To higher ground. The better way?

Well, actually, it’s the best.

I could condemn voters who backed a man spouting hate.

But on the high road, I’m turning from that. Fixing my eyes on something deeper. Looking for something brighter. Granting myself grace. Setting my sights on my Redeemer. Then I’m climbing.

Paul of Tarsus put it this way: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).

So I will not spend this day grousing and grumbling, fussing and fuming, blaming and belittling.

Instead, I’m putting on my hiking shoes. My ancestors did no less. Lord, help me to wrap their mantle around my shoulders and move higher.

Am I naïve? Just a Pollyanna? Did I laugh when I picked the stock photo at the top of this post—because it looks fake? (And it is.) Just an idealized picture of what should be, but isn’t?

Folks moving forward. Together. Maybe it’s a dream.

Well, call me a dreamer. Heading up the high road. And ain’t no election or president-elect gonna turn me around.

Patricia Raybon is an award-winning author of books and essays on mountain-moving faith.

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13 thoughts on “Still Walking Tall

    1. You are a bright light, Eliza. I love you, too. Sincere thanks for always choosing the high road. I am with you! Warm regards, Patricia

  1. The problem with racists is they come in all colors. We like to think those who have skin tones like our own are above such archaic thinking but in reality racism knows no boundaries, be it skin color, economic status, or geographical location. Sadly, they exist in all groups from political parties, to private clubs, to congregations.

    No race is immune. There are always those whose only avenue to happiness is by bring someone else down. It a dangerous flame as old as time itself and it will take us all to put it out if it is to ever to be extinguished.

    My candidate lost this time and the two times before this but I count myself blessed to live in a country that can change leaders without gunpowder and bloodshed.

    I also am blessed to live in a nation with such diversity; I pray we can all open our eyes to what each group brings to the table and realize we wouldn’t be as great a nation if any one group was removed.

    My God give me wisdom and energy to pray and work for the day when racism has to do only with the Daytona and Indianapolis 500.

    1. Appreciate your comments, Larry. While Americans so often disagree, even on the meaning of racism, we must at least sit down and talk. Sincere thanks for reaching out today to do exactly that. Kind regards, Patricia

  2. Good words aND advice

    I think maybe the message God is sending is for Christians to GET OUT of the political world and GET IN to the spiritual.

    He exhorts to live obedient godly lives. And yes, to walk I that way

    1. I couldn’t agree more, David Rupert. Our witness politically is divisive, judgmental and unloving. God help us to turn our eyes, hearts and minds back to Him.

    2. I agree. I’m seeing more politics in my church. We are taking our “eye off the ball.” Our churches are working on agendas and not focusing on God. If God is my focus, current politics doesn’t matter.

  3. I found your blog after listening to you on the Discover the Word series “Lavishing Your Prodigal with Love” and researching your book on Amazon. I so needed your comments on the election. I have been struggling with accepting the president-elect myself. It was only a few days ago that I decided to pray for him and added him to my daily prayer list. If you can take the high road, then so can I. Thank you for the work you’re doing to bridge the divide and bring people of all races and faiths together. You are truly a mirror of Him. Have a blessed holiday season.

    1. Thank you, Celeste, for reaching out today. You are so right. In our world, with all of its divisions and tensions, it’s so easy to get negative and take the “low” road. I have done that more than once since the election. But we’re called to pray, especially for our elected officials–not because it’s easy, but because it’s right. When I can’t find words, I ask the Holy Spirit to pray for me, or to give me words so I can pray right. What a good witness for Christ. May He help us to represent Him well–for such a time as this! Peace and joy today, Patricia (P.S. Kind thanks also for listening to Discover the Word. What a beautiful ministry. I’m so grateful we connected there! Much peace to you and yours with love!)

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