We will probably forget. It’s in our nature to forget. History should be our greatest teacher, yet the lessons of History are easily overlooked due to the tendency of the selfishness of Humanity. Lessons learned are often dismissed as moments specific to certain events, but not adopted as societal change. So the status quo remains. Yes… we will probably forget.
In the last few weeks, China has sent the United States much needed medical machinery and equipment. General Motors has stopped building cars at one of its factories and started making ventilators. Fanatics, the company that makes Major League Baseball uniforms, ceased to produce uniforms and began to produce masks and gowns for hospitals… using the same material that ballplayers would wear in the stadium. Russia sent a cargo plane of medical aid to our country, and the Taliban have been inactive and quiet as they deal with their own Covid-19 outbreak. The United States just sent financial assistance to Iran to help them treat their sick… a country that has sworn to obliterate the U.S.
Rival countries extending relief aid. Enemies suspending war. Businesses once obsessed with profit now concern themselves with humanitarianism. Yet, we will probably forget. Families once so wrapped up in the overextended busyness of our culture that they had little margin within the home, now eat meals together, play boardgames and piece together puzzles. Many families have had more quality time together in the last month then they had in the past year, but… we will probably forget.
Forget the good that has been done in the crisis. Forget the satisfaction of deeper family relationships. Forget that whether we are Asian, European, Black or White… Forget that whether we speak Mandarin, Russian, English, Arabic or Italian, that we are first and foremost human beings created in the image of God, and therefore have more in common than we tend to realize when life is in normalcy.
I am praying for us not to forget. I am hopeful we will have learned some valuable lessons. I am longing for people to seek Jesus in the midst of uncertainty and fear. Please, Lord Jesus, help us not forget.