Recently I was reading an article from the New York Times about the Omicron variant when I came across this quote, “Viruses often evolve in ways that help them flourish. Becoming more contagious allows a virus to do so; becoming more severe has the potential to do the opposite, because more of a virus’s hosts can die before they infect others.”
Hmmm… this just reinforced something I’ve been pondering for a number of months. In a cosmos, where it is proposed by those who do not believe in a Creator, that life is all about an incalculable chance, I’ve been wondering: Why does anything strive to survive? Why do viruses mutate and “evolve in ways that help them flourish?” Why is life so important? What puts this drive in even the smallest and most destructive of things? What makes life so desirable to be pursued when it’s all supposedly the result of a cosmic accident?
Could it be that even a killer virus gives witness to a Creator? Could it be that even a devastating virus gives clues to the exceeding importance of life? Could it be that even a worrisome virus exposes the fact of a Fallen World? These are things I ponder and question. (I would be interested in your thoughts. Please send to email@example.com. But, please no wisecracks about my reading the New York Times. J)
Here are also a few more things I ponder, though also, accept by faith. I believe there is a personal Creator who is Love. I believe Jesus is the image of this invisible God. I believe Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life. I believe all things and individuals, at their deepest levels of existence, desire to know and experience the life of God. I believe this life is only found by personally admitting to our fallenness, our sin, and then trusting by faith in the One and Only Savior of the World, Jesus, who died and rose again to make the forgiveness of our sins and a personal, forever relationship with God possible.
Let us always learn to keep our eyes, ears, minds, and hearts open and searching, as even a killer virus can reveal the glory of God! “But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20 MSG)
During this week before Christmas may we remember that Jesus was born to give true Life and that He is the One and Only who said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
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