"Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee, 'the Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' Then they remembered his words."Luke 24:6b-8
There is something startling about the faithfulness of God. God acts in bizarre and unexpected ways. Often, the fact that God's promise has been made true in history is more surprising than alternatives we could conceive on our own. Women came to Jesus' tomb, expecting the normal course of events – someone dies, their body is prepared for burial and you bring them gifts to pay respect. This is routine, normal and predictable. God, however, is not predictable – even in God's predictability. We are too ill-prepared for the bursting forth of life God intends for us, then when it comes we act surprised as though we couldn't have imagined what good thing was coming.
In the midst of plans and community that sometimes feel normal and predictable, God's faithfulness bubbles forth with delight and wisdom. Delightfully, even in the depths of my heart I never could have imagined I'd enjoy the work we're doing the extent I'm enjoying it. Our staff amaze me with their diligence and capabilities. Our partners' generosity in sharing time and talent to benefit children they have never met speaks powerfully of a vision of the world where all can thrive in love, because that was God's intent in creating life. Our community's willingness to travel together, figuratively and literally, and share in this life while we have it sustains me. God's faithfulness to work a new creation, shown powerfully in the Resurrection continues to startle expectations.
Our work is not done yet. We have not launched the rescue center. We have not taken the first cohort of kids through the program. We have not duplicated or scaled efforts. We have not begun efforts to strengthen families and prevent child homelessness. We have plans for these and more – plans that sometimes feel all to normal and predictable. Yet we know that being faithful to God's call will bring us to new places where God's goodness can surprise us once again. Such is the nature of Resurrection – it's surprising, unpredictable yet a consistent part of God's nature revealed in the process of re-creation. Jesus, who promises to be with us until the end of time, will yet work wonders and resurrections in the midst of our broken world. Though the journey long, and certain will remain incomplete during our lives, it is the best I have ever known. Thank you for joining us on it.