It’s the end of the world as we know it ..

.. and I feel fine.

(R.E.M. 1987)

At work we are getting ready for some big changes. The vast majority of Mega-Corp is being bought out by Really-Mega-Corp at some point in the very near future. The actual date is shrouded in mystery and I’ve only a vague idea of what will happen after the change.

There are signs of the change in the air.  Some folks are optimistic, some are worried.  New hardware is being handed out.  Messages are coming from the roll out team about what to expect when the change goes through.  But still no-one knows quite when this will happen, how it will happen or exactly how it will affect us.

Seems nearly biblical. 😉

“In those days there will be changes and rumours of change.  There will be signs and portents on the intranet, and prophets will give messages foretelling what may or may not happen.  But guard yourselves, for if some one says ‘this is the day’ or ‘here is the new CEO’, do not believe them, for only the current Mega-Corp CEO knoweth the time this will happen, and this knowledge he keepeth unto himself.

But do not fear, little ones, as the restaurant will remain open and On-Site Support will continue to fix your laptops.  Therefore be at peace until the day of the termination of your contract.”

This left me reflecting on what I can see happening in the world around me; in terms of climate change, civil unrest, disease, famine, shifting moral codes and all the rest.  Whilst I don’t really think the end of the world is going happen tomorrow, I can’t help but think that things are indeed pretty messed up.   With everything going on it’s hard not to be a little alarmed.

Trying to keep things in focus

Every so often, I get a ‘perfect storm‘ in my little tea cup of a brain.  With my personal tendency to be melancholy, the constant doom-mongering, unseasonal weather and a fairly literal belief in the Bible, things just sometimes feel too much.  Mother Duck, an unsung hero in much of this, often reminds me to focus on the good things.

I’m trying keep this in mind as I get bombarded by the crap from the news feeds.  It just makes me want to be sure my “Zombie Invasion” kit is in good shape.

It’s true that there is much beauty still to be seen in the world and much more beauty to come, yet if I find my gaze constantly drawn to news feeds full of wars, disasters and scandals then, of course, it will feel as though that’s all there is in the world.  I guess I don’t want to play down what a mess I think the world is in, because it is seriously screwed up, but at the same time I’m trying not to run around screaming “The end is nigh!”.

A quick internet search about all things apocalyptical  will reveal many in depth studies and treatises.  Some more freaky than others, some less.  Reading through at least the books of Matthew and Revelation reveal a picture of how things will pan out, but the timing seems all over the place.  Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that one day time will run out; that one day it will be possible to see things unfolding which matches up with what the Bible says;  I’m just not smart enough to figure it all out.

All that do I understand is that God started out with everything perfect and then mankind got too big for it’s boots and figured on trying run things itself.  The downhill spiral we see now is a result of that.

American singer / song writer Jake Hamilton says this in “It’s a garden“,

“What began in a garden,

will end in a garden.

What began with a tree,

ended on a tree.”

.. meaning that from a biblical point of view, God will bring things full circle; that He will somehow remake the earth to be perfect.  The old way of doing things will be wiped away, and He’ll actually be tangibly and concretely present on earth.

I love the following lines;

You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. (Matt. 24:6)

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matt. 28:20)

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev.21:4)

Of course, to get where I’m coming from in all this, you need to have bought into the whole ‘Jesus’ thing.  Some people have, some people haven’t.  I’m one of those that has, so after a week of CTRL-X, CTRL-V I now feel better. 🙂

Image credit

Bug-Out-Bag Kit items / Cathi Bray (with kind permission)

2 Replies to “It’s the end of the world as we know it ..”

  1. After re-reading this article after almost a year, I have to say, that last quip about CTRL-X , CTRL-V? I have no idea what was going through my mind when I wrote that. At All.

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