In the horrible Black Death pandemic of the 14th century, nearly half the world’s population died, and anywhere from 75 to 200 million people lost their lives. Understandably, many who lived through it were convinced that the end of the world was upon them and that Jesus would be returning soon. Interestingly, while that didn’t happen, many historians agree that this tragedy birthed some of the greatest movements in human civilization. In fact, things like the Reformation and the Enlightenment, which gave us numerous world-changing innovations, emerged after the plague. Though they weren’t manifest until many years later, I believe these developments were fueled by a heightened awareness of the fragility of life and a desire to pursue it to the fullest. When human beings became cognizant of their mortality, the power of intellect went into overdrive, and some amazing things happened as a result. Thankfully, the current pandemic hasn’t turned out to be nearly as severe as the plague, but I believe a similar phenomenon may be happening in the world today. In the midst of the heartache, pain, and chaos of our present time, the Lord is doing something new, and our role as His children is to recognize it so we can actively take part.
My friend, if it’s hard for you to believe that good things are coming, I beg you to keep your hope alive. While you may be seeing hundreds of negative headlines each day, remember that they are not the source of truth. In fact, for every cynical word spoken by man, there are multiple promises in the Word of God to counter it. Your Savior is the source of all life, joy, and peace, and He does His best work when things look the most bleak. Never surrender your dreams and expectations, but choose to believe that the trials you are living through are birthing something great, both in your soul and in the course of history!