In 2018, The Best Will Come Or Maybe The Worst!
As 2017 slips away into over and gone, Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan has his predictions for 2018 ready for anyone who will listen. My old neighbor’s predictions were prepared early because Ed and Ruby will be in Edmonton for New Year’s Eve. Their traditional New Year’s Eve party at Melville will not take place. Ed has had copies printed of his predictions for people to keep throughout 2018. His printed copies come with the title: “I Told You So!”
I was surprised with Ed’s whole new way of predicting events in 2018. Gone are his predictions about the weather, and political leaders in the coming year. He has focused on 2018 as being a “Breakthrough Year,” that will have people shaking their heads in wonder or disgust.
Ed has just four predictions for 2018. The first is that in the coming year a pill will be developed and sold to prevent obesity. The pill will work, and those of us oversized will become thin and proud of our weight loss, but no one will notice because everyone will be slimmer. Ed is confident the obesity pill will be as popular as the birth-control, pill.
The coming year will be a year of medical breakthroughs in another way. Advanced robots will be performing complex surgeries reducing human error on the operating table to zero. The problem will be when you are arguing with a robot which incorrectly took out your appendix instead of your tonsils, and won’t give your appendix back.
In 2018 there will be the breakthrough in Canada of the National Legalization of Recreational Pot. This legalization will lead to a significant advance in distracted driving. Pleasure-seeking pot smokers will not have their hands on the steering wheel, but on their cell phones, as they text, “Thanks, Justin, for mind-blowing pot!”
The last outstanding breakthrough in 2018 will be the arrival of cars, trucks, taxis, and trains that are all self-driving. With vehicles driving themselves, people will be able to relax while their cars drive them about, as they use their cell phones in total addiction.
I told Ed that I thought his 2018 predictions were some of his best. I also mentioned that they might need to be corrected or improved as 2018 progresses. I wasn’t trying to hurt Ed’s feelings but merely suggesting that some of his predictions might turn out to be more accurate than others.
Some predictions of the future may turn out to be true, but no one except God knows the future entirely. Our future remains a mixture of both the expected and the unlikely. Many people are caught by unforeseen troubles and the unexpected day of their death.
The Book of James in the Bible warns: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.”
We do not know what tomorrow holds for us completely, but as Christians, we trust God’s plans for us. In 2018, we are to forgive as the Lord has forgiven us in Christ. We are to live in Jesus’ example of compassion, kindness, humility, and patience day by day.