June 30, 2014 changed our nation and my family forever. For me, the week leading up to that day was one of the most anxiety filled weeks I can remember.
My family was in a lawsuit against the HHS mandate because of how it would impact our privately owned company, Hobby Lobby. My family waited not so patiently at the end of June for the Supreme Court ruling.
Because of the significance of the case, we knew the ruling would likely come at the end of the SCOTUS term. I tried to seem calm, cool, and collected, but my mind wrestled with fear about the possible outcomes of the case. In the midst of this uncertainty, I was afraid, but I knew that I could trust God with the future.
Journeying to the Supreme Court to live out our deeply held religious beliefs was never something our family imagined doing. We did not desire the media attention placed upon us. It was discouraging to see the amount of misleading information concerning our case spread, but what made this difficult journey easier for my family was having each other. We were in the prayers of many, and constantly received notes of encouragement and care. It was a blessing to know and to hear about those around the world praying with us. I will never be able to return enough thanks to them.
Today is the anniversary of that ruling handed down by SCOTUS. I have been reflecting on our experience, and thought I would share a bit out of my prayer journal from one year ago today.
June 30, 2014 I wrote:
“…it still just seems surreal, but I am so grateful for the win! Thank you Jesus! You are good no matter what- whether win or loss- but I am so grateful for the favorable outcome. I want You to be glorified in everything through this. I pray that we would move forward in ways that honor you. God I don’t know what you are going to do with my family or with our company, but we place it in your hands again. And God I pray for love and compassion for those who may not agree with us. Amen.”
Looking back over this past year, it seems like this ruling happened so long ago. Time seemed to move slowly in the midst of the storm, but quickly now that we are on the other side. Our family business is one of the things I hold onto as most important to me. Throughout the journey, I had to come to the place where I was willing to open my hands and let go of Hobby Lobby. I had completely surrendered it to God. It is a lesson I will cherish forever. Our family does not own Hobby Lobby. We are only stewards of the things God has given to us.
-L. A. Green McAfee
Photos are from Oral Argument day at the Supreme Court (March 25, 2014)