It is never a good thing to hear about tragedies that occurred around the world, specifically the most recent news that have shocked the world; the death of Fidel Castro, and the one about the passengers of the plane that crashed in Colombia. Perhaps many Cubans celebrate the passing of their president. On the other side, when we hear tragedies like the men on the plane, there are times of grief, sorrow, and despair. Regardless, death shouldn’t be wished upon anyone, but I am a firm believer of this scripture:
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” –Isaiah 43:19
Even in despair or in the worst, we have to believe that God is doing a new thing. The death of Fidel Castro is the sign that a change is coming to Cuba, and that something powerful is about to emerge from that country. Cuba has been forgotten for long, but now it shall rise up. Similarly, the deaths caused by the plane crash signal the start of something new. We do not know why they had to die, only the Lord does because he is sovereign. But when all the sadness and mourning ends, we must remember that God is doing a new thing, and there is something that he is trying to show us:
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.“– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
If you’re reading this, you’re probably having mixed thoughts, or a lot of things are running down your head. Maybe you are in pain because of these deaths, or maybe a loved one passed away this year. I’ve been constantly in prayer for the people of Cuba, and the people of this crash, and it isn’t easy to understand or to feel what they are going through. But when all the mourning is done, know this, that God is always doing a new thing! To everything there is a time, and everything at one point will reach its expiration date. But at the end of the day, God will always continue to be God. He will be forever good, and his mercy will last and endure forever!