I have to admit I had hoped the world would skip past this day and pretend it never existed. I was so in denial that I just wanted to put my fingers in my ears and not listen to anything about it. I am so discouraged by the state of our government and health care and all the other issues out there that make the platforms of our politicians. I even told someone I may not vote because is voting for the lesser of two (or three or four, etc.) evils better than not voting. I don't know.
But I got up today and took a drive through the country for about two miles to reach the Green Isle Town Hall. It is a little building off of the side of a farmer's property. As I got out of the car I was greeted by the scent of wood smoke. This building, as I recall, used to house the schoolchildren back in the day. It is a rectangular building with wood plank flooring and a working wood stove in the center to keep us voters warm. It's a quiet place with the judges sitting around discussing the goings on in the community. I don't know what it's used for in addition to election day. I received my ballot and was given the choice of one of four booths. Three of them are the usual stand up and color in the circle booths while the fourth is a modern scanner type machine that you just press on the screen to indicate your choice. I chose the modern machine as it was close and open and I could sit down. So I put my ballot in and made my choices while this machine made loud noises in the very quiet building.
In the end I did not pretend this day away. I did my civic duty in an old schoolhouse with a modern voting machine. And even though I am still discouraged by the state of our government, I remember The One who is in control and can "make all all things work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to his purpose." He is not discouraged and He is still on the throne.