CAN HOPE BE FOUND IN HOPELESSNESS?
The drive home was one of silent contemplation. This same journey had been embarked upon numerous times in the past but this day was to be different. No anonymous entry into the town on this occasion and certainly no quiet drive home would be achieved on this day for my homecoming this time was as a result of a very public decision to strive for the highest elective office the state had to offer. The king and council of chiefs had been notified and the townsfolk sensitized of the pending visit but my mind weighed heavily on what I would say as the convoy of vehicles made into steady progress from the capital city to the township.
The crowd that met the entourage was impressively very sizable and within moments the vehicles were swallowed up in a mass of bodies bringing progress into the town down to walking pace. At first the euphoria of a large boisterous and jubilant crowd masked the unsettled feelings in my spirit but the restlessness refused to lift so I opened my inner eyes to really see beyond and beneath the sights before me. What I witnessed caused tears to roll down my cheeks for very young boys and girls who should be in school, teenagers who ought to have been at universities, young able bodied men and women who should all be at work made up the vast majority of the crowd.
The Lord God Almighty in setting up all of Creation put about an order of righteousness in the world that when followed brings about peace and prosperity. He placed man in the center of His creation to tend, care, develop and protect the world but above all that sin and evil must not prevail. The schools had not shut down on a specially declared holiday for that visit but the children were just not enrolled in any, the universities were in session but the teenagers and young adults were not found there but paraded in cult colours, drinking and smoking joints openly. Unemployment had rendered so many jobless turning a once proud people into desperate seekers of petty handouts. As I left the town, my heart bled for my people but I also had a newfound determination that righteousness must return to the land so the people can truly rejoice. May the Lord open our eyes to find hope in hopelessness today.