In the book of Romans, Paul writes, "We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time" 8:22.
We only have to look at the news to see that the whole of creation -- the whole world -- is groaning daily. As I write this, there are riots flaring up all around the world. Senseless violence and destruction, true anarchy is spreading, spurred on by wicked people with selfish agendas. We shake our heads, hardly able to believe such craziness is happening on the heels of the world's worst pandemic.
Never before has the whole world ground to a halt as it has in the past three months, all because of a nearly invisible virus that has wrecked havoc among nations big and small. With over six million cases, no one has been immune to the ravages of this disease. Many people have died and many more are suffering in a number of ways. The whole phenomenon has changed the way people view life like nothing else has since WWII.
Besides riots and a viral pandemic, many countries are battling the worst Desert Locust infestation in 70 years. The upsurge remains critical in East Africa, Yemen and Southwest Asia, and also countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, Indo-Pakistan, and the Sudan. One news agency wrote, "East Africa is in the midst of a crisis that sounds like something out of the Book of Exodus: A plague of locusts is spreading across the region, threatening the food supply of tens of millions. City-sized swarms of the dreaded pests are wreaking havoc as they descend on crops and pasturelands, devouring everything in a matter of hours. The scale of the locust outbreak, which now affects seven East African countries, is like nothing in recent memory."