Recently I received an article written by Dr. Robert Goldman, who is World Chairman-International Medical Commission and founder and former Chair of Life Science Holdings. He has some fascinating predictions of which I will share a couple.
In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver's license and will never own a car. It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000 km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lives each year.
Now, even if these predictions are only partially true, there will be an incredible upheaval in society. One thing we do know - change is all around us. For those of us who are comforted by predictability and stability, this fact can be very disconcerting.
Jesus Christ models for us how to live into the future. First, he recognized that a whole and healthy life is anchored in a relationship with the eternal, unchanging God. Jesus never neglected spending time with the Father, who gave Him comfort, guidance and strength.
It was out of this divine connection that Jesus could freely live without being consumed with fear and uncertainty about his future. During this season of Lent, we are reminded that Jesus chose to yield His life in death. He embraced the future, as painful as it was to be, because He was able to see beyond the veil of His own earthly life.
Jesus lived in the knowledge that our eternal, loving Father holds our future and the future of all creation. Jesus calls us to trust the One who has created us out of love and has destined us to live forever in the great family of God.