Every generation lives in unprecedented times. We may feel like ours is different from prior eras or that our ancestors had it better. We have all heard about the 'good ole days' or 'simpler times' or the 'golden age of <insert whatever>'? How traditions are being destroyed and that kids these days don't have any understanding of what we went through during our childhoods when we had to watch movies on a VHS tape and music on a flat vinyl disk.
"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
We all wish that it not happened in our time. Our parents, our grandparents, our ancestors wish it did not happen in their time, too. Wars, economic downturns, riots, pandemics. You name it. Since it is new to us, it is what makes it unique to us. There is nothing new under the sun.
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
There is peace in knowing that we are not alone and that history shows us that nothing new is under the sun and that our ancestors experienced their own unprecedented event.
How are we going to deal with it like our parents and grandparents? Where are the heroes of our day to take on today's challenge?
Matthew West song titled "Do Something" has these words of lamination:
I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
I thought, "How'd we ever get so far down?"
And "How's it ever gonna turn around?"
So, I turned my eyes to Heaven,
I thought, "God, why don't You do something?"
Well, I just couldn't bear the thought of
People living in poverty,
Children sold into slavery.
The thought disgusted me.
So, I shook my fist at Heaven,
I said, "God, why don't You do something?"
Now the words that echo in my head and repeat to others. Words that should echo in your head too.
He said, "I did." Yeah. "I created you."
Let me repeat that. God said: I CREATED YOU! Look in the mirror. You are the hero. We are the hero. God created us to be the hero.
Just as Frodo was not looking to be a hero, he became a hero. Just as our ancestors were not looking to be heroes, they became heroes. We are not looking to be heroes, but we must become heroes. Not a hero looking for accolades and rewards but the unsung hero.
We are unique and there is no one just like us as we are made in the image of God. What are we going to do about this unprecedented time? How do we become the hero and rise up and overcome?
I can't answer that for you. You have to ask God about that. God is in control. God will use you and me.
"God has already solved all the problems. We just need to catch up to him." - JeanneDArcc
Time for heroes to step up.