Last week I told you the story of how I lost my son at the water park. Jared was missing for about five minutes in a huge crowd. I was very scared. Michelle and I had gone opposite directions to try to find him. I had looked at a couple pools, and he was nowhere to be found, so I doubled back to find Michelle. Maybe it was time to contact the authorities.
As I headed back, I saw Michelle’s cousin’s wife, Ang, and amazingly there was Jared standing with her!
I had a huge feeling of relief! But how did they find him???
Ang explained, “I told the girls to keep an eye for Jared. And instantly Kelia, (their youngest who was about 2 years old at the time), said ‘mom, he’s right there.’”!!! And sure enough, there he was.
He was walking from one pool to another, and Kelia spotted him.
Like Mary and Joseph’s amazed reaction upon finding 12 year old Jesus in the temple, I turned to Jared, so glad he was found, but also freaked out wondering what he was thinking and doing. You know what Jared said, “Dad, I found an awesome pool! You gotta come check it out!!!”
He had a mission. To find another great swimming pool. He was focused on that mission. And in his mind, he had totally succeeded! We, on the other hand, were staring at him in amazement.
We disciples of Jesus need to be so engrossed with the mission of God in our lives, that the people around us, the people who know us best, stare at us in amazement. Jesus’ response to Mary and Joseph was “I must be about my Father’s business.” Our lives should be so wrapped up in the mission of God, in obedience and honor and worship and love for him, that people say of us “This is not like you! What is going on with you?”
When you follow the mission of God, it just might surprise some people in your life! People who actually stick with New Year’s Resolutions is surprising enough.
The gym I work out at is mostly empty at 5:30am or 6am in the morning. But now after New Years it is a lot more crowded! How long, though, will it stay that way? The crowd always thins out. Resolutions sound good, but inwardly we’re all thinking…yeah, I wonder how long that will last? But when it does, when a person drops 50 pounds, WOW! It’s astonishing. The same goes with the mission of God. When you make a change, take a mission trip, change a spending habit, drop a bad habit, speak more about God, live more simply, people take notice. They think, hmmm…let’s see how long this will last. But if you are engrossed with the mission, focused on the mission, making the mission your life’s purpose, as it was for Jesus, people will look at you with amazement! And some of them might not like it.
Maybe we all need to be like 12 year old Jesus this year. How can God’s mission become your mission more than ever this year?