This Is Not the End!

I have been thinking a lot about the recent changes and challenges we have been living under, and I realized that this is not the first time that mankind and this planet is going through a difficult time. We sometimes tend to focus on a limited amount of time, days, weeks, and maybe months, and then we forget that for thousands of years empires, cultures, and kingdoms were built up and then destroyed; natural disasters, wars, diseases, epidemics, pandemics came and went, and life still found a way to adjust, adapt and continue.

Now we are in isolation, we are staying home, the whole world is coming to a halt, and it made me think about a caterpillar entering its cocoon and changing into a butterfly. The caterpillar does not die, the butterfly is not a different insect, it is the same, but it changes after a period of isolation. Why not believe that we are also going through a time of changing for the better? The first phase of the life of the caterpillar was a preparation for the second phase. Becoming a butterfly was the destiny of the caterpillar.

Life will continue but the challenges and changes are a great opportunity for a reevaluation of what is really important. Can this world become a better place? Can we see this as an opportunity as we start a new phase of our lives? Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:19). God is always ready to hear our cries and prayers, and turn a bad situation into a blessing. Take this time to meditate and read your bible asking for the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

In His last days with His disciples Jesus said something that must have been very hard for them to hear: “It is better for you that I go.” Their experience of the Feast of Passover was very hard. It must have been incredibly difficult to see their master suffer to the point of being crucified. For the disciples it looked like those events were the end of their dreams. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you (John 16:7). God can use what looks a disaster and turn it into a new beginning, a new phase, a better time. Happy Passover!

Daniel Oliveira

Daniel Oliveira

Daniel is a man of the Word with a true shepherd's heart who is driven to see God's Kingdom established in the earth.