God’s resources are boundless and we don’t test them unless we strike out after the impossible. God has promised us that He will always be there for us in all things. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
“It’s just impossible!” How often have we heard ourselves uttering that phrase? If life just wasn’t so filled with impossibilities, wouldn’t it be far easier to cope with each passing day? Quite frankly, don’t you sometimes wonder why God puts impossibilities in front of us at all. Some kind of test or, what?
I remember as a kid trying to break a twig between my index and neighboring finger. It was a game we played when we had nothing else to do. Occasionally I would be able to snap one but not without some pain and a lot of concerted effort. One day I challenged my dad to a match of “finger lifting” (as we called it). Not to be outdone by his pint-sized son, he agreed. I loaded my twig and so did he. But then he did something I wasn’t expecting. He kept on loading! One, two, three twigs. “But that’s impossible!” I thought. Then “snap” and all three were history. Where one twig presented a real challenge to me, my dad was equal to that challenge times three. Starting with one would have been foolish for my dad. He was confident with two. But three--now that was a challenge; because that could have been impossible!
Here’s a story. The next time you feel yourself feeling confident, challenge yourself to do the impossible. You just may do it. There are legions of people with unchallenged genius potential. Take the story of two Irish music hall players who, in 1912, were spending an afternoon in a pub at Stalybridge in Cheshire, England. They were extolling the musical traditions of Ireland. It is said that on that day they boasted they could write and perform a song in the same day. It might have been a gim- mick to stimulate attendance or it could have been genius jumping out of its bag, for “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” was performed that night at the Stalybridge Grand Theater by Jack Judge and Harry Williams. It was an overnight success that gained tremendous popularity during World War I as an Allies’ marching song. (Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 18-19.)
Like my dad, our Heavenly Father looks at challenges quite differently than we do. What may be challenging, seemingly even impossible to us, is no challenge at all to Him. When we hesitate to challenge ourselves with tasks that may be, by human terms, impossible, in a sense we are telling God that He isn’t really up to the challenge either. God’s resources are boundless and we don’t test them unless we strike out after the impossible from time to time. God has promised us that He will always be there for us in all things. When Moses complained to God that he was not a good speaker and would not be able to speak for God’s people, God’s response was, “Who gave man his mouth?” It is God who judges what can and can’t be done. In that sense, it’s our job to load the twigs and God’s to do the snappin’.
We pray. Heavenly Father, many things in this life seem impossible to us because we can’t see the possibilities as we are blinded by the doubts and fears in our lives. It is at times like this when we often forget that you are the God of impossibities as well as possibilities. You are always up to the challenge of impossibility because all is possible for you. Forgive us Lord when we fail to remember this, and help us to let go of the impossible, giving it to you to solve. Help us to remember that some things just aren’t our jobs in the first place. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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