Just When

Just when you think all hope is lost, you open your eyes and you see—waaay down the road –a glimmer of light piercing the darkness which surrounds you. I believe that light is sent by God to reassure us that, although he may chasten us, although he may allow dire circumstances to overtake us, although He may allow us to experience the consequences of our bad decisions, He extends grace and mercy through it all. This is meant to instruct us, as He does when He tells Jeremiah to write: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11) This is to reassure us that what we face is not meant to destroy, but to instruct.
With the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, we were blessed to detect a little glimmer of light amid the dark tunnel of Criminal Justice which people of color must navigate. It was not a mirage, nor was it a vision. It was a glimmer of hope that was tangible, and might strengthen us for the days ahead. It was meat given by a raven to fortify us for the fight which will continue. Just when we thought we were becoming too weak to fight, our Creator sent us Keith Ellison, a group of stellar lawyers, and a jury with integrity.
Just when we thought all hope was lost and we would be trapped by the dreaded virus, we saw a glimmer of hope in the form of a vaccine. We could see it, but we could not touch it. In His infinite wisdom and compassion, He would not allow this miracle to be administered by one who would use it for his personal advantage. Instead, he has allowed a man with a heart to spearhead its distribution.
These things we face are designed to instruct and perfect us in ways that only God can accomplish. They arrest us as we go about our day-to-day; and captivate our full attention. It is then that we can be open to receiving instruction; it is then we begin to seek A Better Way.
So, let us not be weary in well-doing. Let our confession be: We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed (2Corinthians 4:8, 9). The struggle continues…FIGHT ON!

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