Doom and Gloom… and Hope
Life can become hard, and then can become even harder. When trouble upon trouble come our way, we easily begin to expect that more trouble is just around the corner. We slowly lose hope that things can be different, so we keep our heads down and try to make it through another day.
This week’s text, Luke 21:25-36, was written to people who knew what hard times looked like. When Jesus speaks of distress among nations and people fainting from fear, this wasn’t new information for them. It was their reality. What was new was the news that amidst this mess, if you raise your head you will see that redemption is near.
Sometimes we stop raising our heads and looking for signs of hope and change. We become conditioned to accept things the way they are. As I think about “raising our heads” and looking for signs of hope, I wonder how many signs we miss while we keep our heads down. Signs of hope and seeds of change may be right in front of us. But the words of Jesus remind us that it’s hard to find something we’re not looking for!