During the 2016 campaign, I was privileged to get to know a pastor who was running as an incumbent for a local office. Being well-known, the candidate was assured victory…or so I thought. The opponent showed hardly any grasp of the complexities of the office being sought. Though the incumbent's victory was no fait accompli, it was surely in the neighborhood.
To the surprise of many, the little known, very inexperienced newcomer won. Not just won but did so quite convincingly. This was going to mean a major shift in directions and possibly some divisive concerns. For many who would be directly affected, the incumbent’s loss was a disappointing blow.
Fast forward to the night of the swearing in, the winner was not there to be sworn in. The winner had moved out of district after the election and was therefore ineligible to take the seat. Who was elected and sworn in to represent the district? You guessed it...the former incumbent.
Was it a higher power who intervened on behalf of the pastor-incumbent? I cannot say that. All I know is what had been a loss turned out to be a victory for the "loser"! Yes this is ironic, but I see another lesson. To those of us who sometime despair in the face of what seems to be sure defeat; there can be hope so “Don’t Despair…Miracles Still Happen!”