We all are on a pilgrimage on earth. Our life in this world is not a bed of roses neither it is full of thorns. We start living with full of hope and dreams of a better tomorrow, and for that we have to struggle with problems and challenges of today. The Holy Bible says, “It is through many tribulations and hardships that we must enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)
We have travelled a troublesome journey all through the year 2020, and entered 2021 in continuance of our pilgrimage in the hope of a trouble-free journey. Past year we were compelled to carry on the heavy baggage of burdens, anxiety, depression and livelihood. The barricades of loneliness, helplessness, hatred, insecurity, health-hazards, natural and manmade disasters caused irreparable grievances to our pilgrimage. But, we have restarted our destined pilgrimage joyfully as we would see the brighter star of hope.
The Bible says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you, for I am the Lord your God.” (Isa. 43:2).
Leap forward for a joyful pilgrimage
We welcomed the year 2021 with mixed reaction. For many of us the year 2020 was a nightmare. It seems, during this pandemic the rich became richer and the poor poorer. And it was a question of survival for millions. However, forgetting the agonizing deep wounds of the past, we are bound to leap forward in our joyful pilgrimage.
It is true that the reminiscence of 2020 left its pangs to the rich, poor, young and adult altogether. The aftermath of Covid-19 is grievous, but we have a hope of overcoming this menace soon. Our Government is striving hard to lend all possible support. Researchers and scientists across the world are pursuing for medical excellence in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The new genetic mutation of more severe Covid-19 strain is a global concern, but we are hopeful of overcoming that too.
Good news in the midst of pandemic
Amidst the plight of Covid-19 pandemic we have good news of the immediate availability of effective vaccine for use. The trial runs are successful and mass production and distribution of vaccines are underway.
But one of the disturbing and painful facts is the untiring, intense protest of farmers, especially at our national capital. Expecting an amicable solution, this protest has become a peoples’ movement, inviting urgent involvement of judiciary and administration. Let us continue to pray for more perseverance and harmony amongst the protestors and the government that they may find an immediate resolution.
We hear the threatening cross-border terrorism, and even genocide which creates hindrance to the most desirable peaceful living. For that we need a revamping, compassionate and conscious effort to end the universal intolerance.
We wish and pray that 2021 be a year of increase, not of natural but of supernatural resources. We look forward for a visible fulfilment of the promise of God. Because God says, “Surely blessing will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you. (Heb.6:14).
God’s promise to increase us
During 2020 we might have lost many a things, suffered financial crisis and lost near and dear ones. But God promises us that we will grow, increase and will multiply because He lives and His promises are true.
Let us expect 2021, a year of restoration and reconciliation. Be it a year of forgiving and forgetting one another’s hurting words and deeds. The spirit of reconciliation will heal our wounds and restore us with the spirit of love and forgiveness.
Along with our pilgrimage, Jesus will turn our sorrows into happiness. Truly joyful days are ahead for those who walk an extra mile and wait upon Him for strength.
When the roaring waves of the ocean strike our life boat, Jesus is there to calm the storms. When we fear drowning, remember He will walk along and will lift us up in His arms. The obstacles and challenges will empower us to take on our journey successfully.
Run race with endurance
It is very true that the year may not be very smooth and silky to walk through easily. But, the risen Lord Jesus says, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20). His abundant grace and love will suffice all our desires according to His will and purpose. Surely, there will be overflowing joy if we have an attitude of gratitude.
Let us consider all crises an opportunity to overcome and win over all struggles. Bible says that “We all are strangers and pilgrims on earth.” (Heb. 11:13). “Blessed is the man whose strength in God, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.” (Ps. 84:5).
The great apostle Paul declares that “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, finally, there is laid up for me, the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the Righteous Judge will give me on that day, and not to me only, but also to all who loved His appearing.” (2 Tim. 4:7). So, let us run our race with endurance and reach our destination of pilgrimage.