My bright colours help me to project a sense of hope and optimism to the world around me.
And that’s something which humans are in great need of right now, as the Covid pandemic continues to reek havoc with their lives and livelihoods. Humans need to cling on to the hope that it will all end soon and that something much better is waiting in the pipeline. You could say that the Covid situation provides a microcosmic snapshot of all of the toil, hardship and suffering that has afflicted life here on Earth, throughout the different generations. Everything ranging from poverty to tragedy; exhaustion to desperation; worry through to despair; plus the same insecurity and fear that everyone normally tries to gloss over and hide from view. And perhaps more than anything, Covid has made many humans realise that they’re not ultimately in control of their own worldly fate and destiny.
And it’s often when we find ourselves stuck in a very dark place that the light of Jesus shines most brightly. For the millions of people that have lost their lives or loved ones during this pandemic, Jesus is literally “the light at the end of the tunnel.” The hope of better things. Which is why the Bible makes so many references to Jesus being our “Saviour” and “Deliverer.” It’s the desperation of our worldly existence, encompassed by the current pandemic, from which Jesus is ultimately able to deliver us. By transporting us from the strife of this world to the perfection of Heaven. And this is where “hope” comes into the equation. Because hope for a Christian isn’t simply blind optimism when life gets tough. No, hope is all about trust and a kind of “spiritual knowing” which comes from building a relationship with God. It’s about letting go and allowing His presence inside you to help steady the ship and see you through the choppy waters.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
“Lord, I live in hope. A lovely word. Not the cheap cliché that shrugs its shoulders, smiles and says it’ll be alright on the night. But a deep root that holds me firm in the bedrock of your love. Whatever comes.” (Eddie Askew: 1987: “No Strange Land”: Peterborough: T.L.M. Trading Ltd.)
“Without Christ there is no hope.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon: English Baptist Minister: 1834-1892)
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” (Corrie ten Boon: Dutch author: 1892-1983)