Following Jesus is often an exercise in imagining the unimaginable. Mary, for instance, would have never, in a million years, imagined that Gabriel would arrive and announce that she would give birth to the Savior of the world. James and John, as they fished alongside their father, would have never imagined that the Messiah would walk right up to them and say, “follow me.” Paul, Jew of Jews and Pharisee of Pharisees, before the Damascus Road experience, would have never imagined that he’d pen these words:
“Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”
as a prisoner in Rome for the sake of the gospel of Jesus.
As the American workforce shakes off the collective cobwebs, many people are heading to work today, imagining what 2013 will bring. Some things are certain: we’ll all be paying more into Social Security in 2013, gun control and access to mental health will be topics of conversation throughout 2013, and businesses will continue to try to expand profits while maintaining the smallest workforce possible; but there is much that 2013 will bring that no one could have ever imagined, or if they did, they certainly weren’t expected to be likely. In 2013, some random collection of people will: be diagnosed with cancer, be cured of disease, discover cures for others, get divorced, meet their future spouse, have planned children, have unplanned children, lose their homes, buy new homes, lose their jobs, get new jobs, and on and on and on.
My prayer for this day, and for this year, is that our unimaginable things are more like Paul’s realization about the Gentiles and less like what put him in jail. May 2013 bring you unimaginable joy as a sharer in the promise of Christ Jesus.