I have been struck by the recent youth movement which has organized to call those supposedly "in-charge" adults to take long overdue action against climate change. One in particular, the Global Youth Climate Strike, happens this Friday, March 15. Swedish 9th Grader Greta Thunberg boldly, plainly and forthrightly expressed that sentiment at the 2018 United Nations climate conference in Poland. Greta has since inspired the upcoming strike and plans for additional actions.
These developments stirred to my mind Isaiah 11:6 - in particular the closing clause, "...and a little child will lead them." There are certainly Messianic overtones to this, and many often interpret the passage as declaring the young will lead adults and show them the way of righteous life.
Isaiah explains that, in a future era, a child will lead previously incompatible wild animals in peace and unity. As poetic metaphor and prophetic symbolism, this suggests a future time of shalom when the once wild and unreconciled abide together and take their lead from a child.
This actually sounds like the miraculous time we need to be in - a time where adults cease to act like wild, unreconciled animals and when the young do lead the transformed adults into righteousness. Until such a transformation occurs, we, including creation will continue to experience pain and suffering rather than healing and hope.
Thank you for fresh and continued signs of hope. Thank you for evidence that you are stirring in the world's youth today and through them stirring the adults to follow. Thank you that your spirit has roused a new generation to care for your creation and protect its climate. Thank you for heightened awareness of our responsibility to act.
For the sake of our common home and a healthy climate, continue to stir youth from fear to leadership, and adults from inertia to action . Amplify the prophetic voice of young people speaking truth to power as they exercise free speech and boldly express their passion for a livable tomorrow.