Over the last six years, I have prayed for God’s protection over my grandchildren. Audrey is six and Benjamin is two. My heart has ached for the state of our world and what my grands will witness in their lifetimes. In just the last 10 years, we have seen a massive increase in technology. Although, that has wonderful benefits, it has also had a hand in spreading information very quickly and making the abnormal seem normal. The world has gotten so far from the Lord. So, I have prayed that they would know Jesus and even their future spouses would know Jesus.
Now, our world is in the midst of a health storm. We are watching as basic essentials are no longer available the way we have been accustomed. A new flood of prayers have been leaving my heart to Jesus. I am no financial expert, but we could be closing in on a Depression Era way of life.
My husband and I watch the old show “The Waltons”. It was set in the depression and has opened my eyes to what life was like for the amazing people of the “Greatest Generation.” Ration stamps to buy sugar and other limited items, extreme poverty for many people, a war and a lack of jobs were just a few things that they experienced. However, look at who they became. They are affectionately called the “Greatest Generation” for all they did for their country. They were born from 1901-1927. This was back when folks were still God fearing people. God and country. They were proud of both and would protect both.
Little by little, the generations to follow have gotten further and further from that awesome mindset. Quite frankly, it has been a cause of concern for many of us; which is why I feared for my grandchildren.
However, last week I kept my grandchildren due to the school closings. In an attempt to stay out of the grocery stores for a while, we have been trying to be conservative in not wasting food. Our nation has been so plentiful, that we have become somewhat wasteful. Little kids have a tendency to want food, then not want food. Then, they want a snack. I heard my mother’s voice come out of my mouth several times while the grands were here. Things like “There are people without food.” “We don’t have anymore milk.” “Let’s be sure to eat what we have.” It hurt me to think that I couldn’t just let them have anything they want. Zsa Zsa’s (my fancy name for grandmother) are supposed to spoil their grands.
These children are about to live through some similar events as the “The Greatest Generation” did. This virus is a war, just a different kind. What if this young generation named the “Alpha Generation” turns out to be the next “Great Generation”? What if they are the ones to get us back to God and Country because they are learning things through a very difficult history making time? The Alpha Generation represents children born from 2011-2025. They are the beginning of the century just like the Greatest Generation was.
In the Judges 2:10 “After the whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.” That sounds like the description of some of our generations after the “Greatest Generation.” We started following the world’s idols just as the Israelite people did in these scriptures. God has been on the back burner for too long. God will get our attention, but it is only to get us to come back to Him. He loves us and wants a relationship with us.
Are we seeing a seed of hope for our future with this “Alpha Generation”? Will their experiences during these uncertain times mold them into the Godly people that God wants them to be? We are seeing more and more people calling on God in their distress. God works all things to the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Maybe just maybe, the “Alpha Generation” will lead more people to the “Alpha and Omega.”
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts.