I wonder what breakfast is like with Donald? In our house, like with most meals, there's a degree of tension. This is because not everyone has the same agenda. Some want to talk. Some what to eat. Some want to go back to bed. Some want to get out the door to school or work 5 minutes ago. Some want to get down and play with their toys.
I'm still a little naive about meal times. Reality hasn't led to cynicism yet. I expect to be able to bring "Breakfast Peace". That state of blissful food consumption interspersed with quiet conversation that would remind me of one of the happier episodes of the Waltons or Little House on the Prairie. A meal where everyone makes their menu choices and then eats them without complaining. A meal where we all use a knife, fork or spoon solely in the way that the great cutlery designer ordained for them to be used. A meal where the conversation was humorous but affriming. Where questions were answered in English not grunts and involved the happy and voluntary sharing of information.
The issue isn't just that I am incapable of imposing the sovereign will of Daf on breakfast, but also that I'm as much a part of the problem as the other combatants gathered round the table.
And that's why I'm neither hopeful nor terrified about Donald Trump's inauguration. Because I don't think he'd be any more effective at getting his own way at breakfast in our house.
In the end Trump, for all his bravado and boasting, is just a man. A man who, because he is going to be president in a democracy, has to convince other people to agree with him before he can get anything done. He might make some bad decisions over the next four years, he might even surprise people by making some good ones, but what he won't be able to do is to exercise the sovereign will of Donald. Because none of us can.
The writer of Proverbs says:
"In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps." (Proverbs 16:9)
So as Trump begins his presidency I am praying that God in His mercy will use him to govern in a way that brings many to turn in repentance and faith to the one who truly sits on the throne, the Lord Jesus Christ. I don't know how he might do that, but I do know that would be the best outcome of the next four years, whoever is in the Oval office.
Now I wonder if I could use a nuclear deterrent to bring peace to breakfast? Being realistic I don't think even that would work.