2022 has been interesting. If you like roller-coasters, you may even have enjoyed it. On the Chinese Zodiac calendar 2022 was The Year of The Tiger. But not just any Tiger. This was the year of the Water Tiger. This “water” concept is part the ancient Wuxing philosophy that sees all of creation being subject to the cycle of Five Elements: Wood, Earth, Fire, Metal and Water. Water is the low point. It is the most “Yin” of the five elements. Its motion is downward and inward. Its energy is stillness and conserving. Its color is black, its time the night, its light the moon. It comes from the north and it brings cold.
As a Christian, I take seriously the warnings not to delve too far into such things. Not because they are not real; but because they are real and come from a place where dark spirits work against God and those created in his image. I would say those dark spirits have been hard at it in 2022. The world is in chaos, nations are struggling with inflation and access to reliable, affordable energy. The shadow of Covid and the fear of what comes next is ever present. The cultural divide between progressives and conservatives has never been greater. The basics of civilization are up for grabs. We can’t agree on energy, food, education, housing, work, sex, gender, marriage, giving birth, dying, law and order, art, literature, humor or even what words are permissible. Morality is relative and God is whatever one chooses “it” to be or not at all.
Obviously, this didn’t all just start in 2022. It’s been building up forever, since The Fall or The Beginning, wherever one chooses to plant that stake. But it has been accelerating and 2022 feels like the bands are about to break. We can only do so much and we can only take so much. 2023 will be The Year of the Rabbit. But it’s the Water Rabbit. So, we are still under water. I suppose the world can hope it does not get any deeper before we run out of air.
As for me, I will cling to The Faith and look to Jesus. There is only one Truth. I know that’s not popular to say these days. But it doesn’t make it any less so. 2000 years ago, God became one of us in order to save us from the dark powers of this world. Those powers do not want us to believe that. But it doesn’t change the facts of the matter. In the end, all of the elements, including Wood, Earth, Fire, Metal and Water will be consumed and replaced by a New Heaven and a New Earth. The lion and lamb will lie down together as will the tiger and the rabbit. And there will be Peace.