The words mentioned in the title of this post came to my mind as I reflected on the days in which we live. I hear so many people lamenting the year 2020; they want the year to be over because it seems that one bad thing after another has happened. I get it, a pandemic, police brutality, voter suppression, the overt and covert shenanigans of a president who seems to be out of touch and some school officials that seem blind to the dangers of sending our children back to school in the midst of this pandemic. And yet what I also see are people stepping up in ways that this country has never seen before. People of all ages, nationalities and ethnic backgrounds are challenging and striving to dismantle systemic racism. Monuments have been removed and the confederate flag has been lowered in states where we never thought this would happen. Of course I know that we still have a long way to go, we will still have a lot of battles to fight before the war is won. As for me, even though I get discouraged, and even though there are times I get tired and want to quit, I think of the battles, the challenges, the suffering and the sacrifice of those who came before us which encourages me to fight on to "see what the ends gonna be."
King David wrote these words in Psalms 27:13-14: "I would have fainted unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and God will strengthen thine heart, wait I say, on the Lord!" Thank you God for your witness and your word and for the strength and courage of those fighting to be the change they want to see as it reminds me that "I don't believe you've brought me this far, to leave me. Maranatha!