I was watching a movie with my husband when a line jumped out at me enough to stop it altogether. The character had said, “greatness only emerges when needed most” and this made me wonder at why the writer had gone down this path of thinking. The rest of the conversation was an example of how circumstances brought out that greatness with mention of war or calamity.
Now I would agree these are certainly moments of great distress that bring out courage and bravery but I also think there are other situations given absolutely no attention happening every day which also draws upon “emerging greatness”. Of course these stories will never be headline news or even a footnote in history books but humility isn’t looking for a pat on the back.
I am thinking upon the man or woman who prays in desperation for the lost souls of those they love and even those they don’t know. This takes a call to action, dedication, fervency and a need to be humble. “Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit.” They are often shunned and disrespected by those they give up their time to help. This is the true understanding to love others more than yourself.
I found myself in agreement with the writer of the movie. To have “greatness emerge” does take war or calamity, and we are in a very real battle. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does…For our struggle is not against the flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
We are living in a time where this greatness must emerge now because it’s most needed!