President’s Day: Celebrating Revolution

A friend told me about a great cartoon she saw years ago.  A caterpillar is looking up at a beautiful butterfly fluttering past, and the caterpillar yells out, “was the transition hard?”  A relatively gentle analogy that upon reflection illustrates when revolution is prompted for a better life it often involves radical change.  

Celebrating Presidents’ Day is commemorating the lives George Washington and Abraham Lincoln lived in pursuing the liberty that brought our country the freedom to be democratically governed and emancipated from slavery.  Both acknowledged God, impelling and guiding them forward in their leadership.  In Washington’s first inaugural address he said, “In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good… No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States.”

    Lincoln began a State of the Union address by expressing, “great gratitude to God.”  He also wrote, “In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free–honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve… The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just–a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.”

     A take away today from these great leaders could be for us to discover and follow too the same universal Principle they openly spoke about.  Whether we feel we need or yearn or simply admire the revolution of the caterpillar, one might begin with this passage from the book of Proverbs in the Bible:

  “Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
   don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
   he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

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