My heart was filled with pride this past Monday (January 21, 2013), as I watched the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, our nation’s first African-American president.
My euphoria was not just the result of the historicity of the moment. It was rooted in the spiritual significance of the occasion for all who are sensitive enough to discern.
First, as we have already celebrated, this event occurred 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. When you consider that our foremothers and forefathers were enslaved in this land for about 242 years, and that it wasn’t until about 1965 that we earned the legal right to vote, and all the legal detterents to our citizenship that we had to overcome, it’s a miracle! We were enslaved longer than we have been free! And yet this is not the first, but the second term for Mr. Obama.
Second, when you consider that this is the 50th year of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech, and here it appears to be in part the fulfillment of that dream! Further consider that this inauguration took place on the federal holiday for Dr. King signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. And it was held on the mall within sight of the King Memorial. It’s a miracle!
The aura and the ambience spoke about the inclusiveness of our society and the possibilities of our future as a nation. This is what “America” represents.
But through all of these events merged together on this important day, God is talking to us to let us know that we don’t have any excuse for not achieving. He wants us to remember that if He can do this, with Him all things are possible.
DON’T TELL ME WHAT GOD CAN’T DO!