I was thinking recently about the fact that many stories in the Bible look pretty grim at some points. For example:
Naomi’s husband and sons all die, leaving her alone and unprotected. She returns to her home town, Bethlehem with nobody except her foreign daughter-in-law, Ruth to support her but ….. the story isn’t over yet.
Haman, a cruel advisor, manipulates King Ahasuerus into signing a decree that will lead to the destruction of the Jews. Queen Esther’s only hope of saving her people is to go unannounced into the King’s presence — an offense punishable by death. There is no way to know if she will succeed but …. the story isn’t over yet.
The boy, Joseph, annoys his older brothers so badly that they sell him into slavery in Egypt. Things go well there for a while, until he is accused of rape and thrown into prison for years, but …. the story isn’t over yet.
Jesus is beaten and crucified on the cross. His disciples scatter and hide in fear, but …. the story isn’t over yet.
God’s Word, the Bible, is full of stories that give hope to the hopeless. That’s because the plan of God is to use even the bad things in our lives for good:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
The coronavirus has been causing havoc around the world. People are sick, some have died. Others are afraid or depressed. Jobs have been lost and economies damaged. Shortages and hoarding have become normal. Things are reopening, but we still don’t know what’s coming next. We only know that the story isn’t over yet.
Maybe right now things are not looking good for you. This could be because of the pandemic, or something completely unrelated. If that’s the case, take heart …. your story, and God’s story aren’t over yet!