Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. - Anonymous
I imagine the fear that must have gripped Adam's heart as he hid himself and his bride in the bushes after eating the forbidden fruit, thinking his world was over. After murdering his righteous brother Abel, crushing his mother and father's heart, and displeasing God, Cain must have thought his world was over. When Noah saw how wickedness had overrun the land, the ground was cursed, and God flooded the Earth, he must have thought the world was over. When Moses was trapped between the Pharaoh and the Sea, I bet he and the children of Israel thought their world was over. When Mary and John watched their son Jesus, and all the hopes he brought for a new world, hang on a cross and die, they must have thought their world was over.
BUT GOD... clothed Adam and Eve with a promise of redemption. He protected Cain from his enemies. He gave Adam and Eve a new son. He cleansed the world of evil and chose Noah to the be a "new Adam" in a brand new world. He parted the Red Sea, and raised Jesus from the dead, enthroning Him as King of Kings.
Today, there are many who think the world is almost over. All signs say, "Panic!" The economy. Moral decay. Spiritual decline. Godlessness. But if the past is any indicator of the future, then hold on. God has a plan! He isn't finished. He made this world and he loves it so much he sent his son to save it. He has promised to reverse the curse, reconcile the world to Himself, and restore all things. While this present darkness in our culture may seem great, God's promise is to flood the darkness with light, crush the serpent's head, and make all his enemies his footstool. Even now, Jesus is seated next to the Father in Heaven, ruling and reigning, in session with the Trinity, waging war and defeating evil through you and me- his agents of transformation.
Remember, just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. Let's lift up our heads, strengthen our weary bones, and get busy discipling the nations like Jesus commanded us to. Exciting days ahead! Sincerely,