For the present form of this world is passing away. - 1 Corinthians 7.31
Most of the time, it seems as if the present form of this world is gaining momentum and power. Fear, anger, greed all seem to increase. Yet, here in 1 Corinthians, Paul promises us that the present form of this world is passing away. The world is moving towards the full goodness that it will have under the reign of God.
Sometimes, we get a glimpse of it. A marriage renewed, a relationship reconciled, beauty in an unexpected place. I experience those spots as thin places, moments when the line between our world and the world as it will be is paper thin. My wife, Abby, talks about them as thick places because they are so thick with meaning. Whether you think of them as thin or thick, be on the lookout for them.
The news that the Korean women will present a united ice hockey team, North and South together (though not without controversy), is an example. Countries that have been trying to blow each other up since Truman was president, practicing peace in this small way. It may be small, but it is evidence that the present form of this world is passing away.