Coco Calling No. 127 - In the Midst of the Storm...
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Something I’ve noticed about humans is their ability to achieve remarkable things when everything seems to be stacked against them. To turn adversity into triumph. Hopelessness into jubilation. Desperation into positivity. I’ve seen it amongst explorers and sports stars and football teams. And I’ve also seen it amongst humans caught in the midst of a personal crisis. Amongst those who have received a diagnosis of terminal cancer, and those who have lost a loved one in a tragic accident. We hear stories of people fundraising for others during the final weeks of their lives. And there’s the story of a lady called Ceri Walsh who was involved in a car crash on the M5 in Somerset in 2018. She herself was badly injured, but dedicated her recovery to raising money for the paramedics that her saved her life and who tried, but sadly failed to save her husband.
And then what about older humans? What can they possibly achieve when they get to the age of 100 and can only move around with the aid of a frame? When they’re weak, frail and dependent upon others? Well, just look at the achievements of Captain Tom Moore. He famously raised almost £33 million pounds for the UK’s National Health Service by walking 100 circuits of his garden.
The human spirit has the ability to shine through the darkest and most difficult of situations. And not all humans realise quite what they’re capable of. So many can’t see past the burden that weighs them down. Even Jesus Himself struggled in His darkest hours here on Earth:
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done. An angel from Heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke:23:42-44)
Jesus suffered just as all humanity does in a time of crisis or weakness. And yet, with the help of God, in His darkest hour, Jesus was able to save humanity from total spiritual death. He literally saved us all by going through with His crucifixion.
The Coronavirus has put many of the world’s humans into a very dark place, yet scattered throughout the darkness are many lights; the lights of those who have been motivated to help others in any way they can. I believe that God often works in people without them realising it. And if we can only invite God into our lives to help us in these dark times, extraordinary things can be achieved….
“Jesus looked at them and said: ‘With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)