As the world goes to a place it is all too familiar with, I stand with many questions. As a person born in 1997, I have not been conscious for the trenches our world has gone through in recent years. But now, as rocks from grenade fire fly overhead, it seems like our way of life is being threatened. But still, the mission remains the same. We are called not to live in fear but to live from the finished work of Christ.
For some reason, I have recently been awakened to the beauty of the stars in the sky above us. As I look to them in their brilliance, I am witnessing a miracle. A ball of fire, perfectly round, suspended in the sky, 5.88 trillion miles away from my perception. The same perception that processes the events of a worldwide pandemic, personal negative emotions, death, famine…but also love, joy, generosity, and peace. Our reality is not so different from the stars I watch from below. When a star dies you would think it would be horrible. It takes eons for a star to cool down once it dies. But in the darkness is when a star produces the most light. Before a star departs from the galaxy, it goes through a supernova. It produces enough light to shine as bright as an entire galaxy of stars.
We aren’t so different. God chooses to use pain to allow the light to explode within us. Maybe it’s time for a supernova in our spirits. An awakening of who we are in Christ. So as we take things day by day in the midst of worldwide pandemic, we can feel the cold, wet darkness upon us. However, it only takes the faintest of lights to lead us out of the darkest of caves. If we would be brave enough to follow, I believe that Jesus is waiting for us to grab his hand and take our fear. Rumor has it, He holds a pretty powerful flashlight. So remember the words of God, “So do not fear, for I am with you; so do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10