Agents for impossibility

Few things are impossible in and of themselves. It is often more a case of how we do things, not what we do, that makes things impossible. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.

A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO I found myself putting a roof on an addition to our home. I labored for days over a plan as to how the stringers and rafters should be cut. I made a great effort to follow the “measure twice, cut once” rule. After I was sure I had the proper number of board feet figured, I purchased the lumber and designated the following weekend to begin the work. When the day dawned I got out my saw horses, straight edges and power saw and, facing the neatly stacked two by eights, I began cutting. It didn’t take long for the work to stop. The angles were all wrong, and with each mistake, the task became more tedious and, frankly, impossible. I figured it was time to call my good friend Arlan. He was in the construction business. He would know how to make the impossible possible. When Arlan arrived he took a few minutes to size things up, seized my tools and began cutting and nailing. What had been impossible for me was mere child’s play for him. I had reached my limit. I was done. For Arlan, my “done” was but a new beginning.

Here’s a story. “Nothing is done,” Lincoln Steffens once wrote. “Everything in the world remains to be done--or done over. The greatest picture is not yet painted. The greatest play isn’t written. The greatest poem is unsung.” Faucets still drip, as one did years ago in the Steffens’ household. As he and his seven-year-old son tried to fix it, Steffens had to admit that his generation could not make a fit faucet. “But,” said Steffens, referring to his son, “he may. There’s a job for him and his generation in the plumbing business, and in every other business. Teach your children that nothing is done, finally and right; that nothing is known, positively and completely; that the world is theirs--all of it.” (Bits and Pieces, April 1990, p. 7)

Few things are impossible in and of themselves. It is often more a case of how we do things, not what we do, that makes things impossible. When we are faced with tasks that seem overwhelming, even impossible, it is good to remember that it is highly likely that there is someone out there who can always make our problems into their child’s play. Nothing is really “done” in that respect. God did not set out to make a world of impossibilities but, rather, possibilities. When we view the challenges in this life from that perspective, each of us becomes an agent for impossibilities as opposed to the victim of them. My friend Arlan taught me that my impossible challenges are relative only to my present abilities, not my future potential. There is, in that respect, nothing in this world that is finished--only things that remain undone.

We pray. Heavenly Father, sometimes we find ourselves in situations that cause us to lose heart and give up. They may be too hard or just frustrating to the point that we run out of the drive to do them. Remind us that you are the God of the impossible and improbable. When things turn dark and frustrating, help us to remember that you have called each of us to be agents of change, change that often borders on the impossible. Forgive us when we quit and help us when we are lost in life’s problems. 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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