If you are like me, you might be wondering how long it will take for society to reverse its course and return to God. After all, it certainly feels like we are headed in the opposite direction. Have been for years, right? Maybe decades?
For better or worse, one of the readings from Saturday gave me some perspective. In the first reading, Exodus 12:37-42, we are reminded that the Israelites spent four hundred and thirty years in Egypt before God led them out of their slavery.
Four hundred and thirty years.
Four hundred and thirty years ago today, the U.S. wasn't even a country. The Anglo-Spanish war had just begun, and we were in the early stages of the Elizabethan era in England.
In other words, it was a long time ago.
When you read about the Israelite's slavery in the context of thousands of years, it feels like a blink. But can you imagine being an Israelite 30 years into that period, wondering how long it would last? Not realizing there were another four hundred years to go?
What does that mean for us today? The optimist in me says that perhaps this generation will help shift society back to God. But reading passages like Exodus makes me wonder if we are simply in the middle of a much longer "slavery".
Each of us can make a difference, of course, with our actions and our prayers. But sometimes it is hard to tell which chapter of the story we are in - or even how long that chapter is!
God bless you, and our world.