No other option?

April 29, 2019

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? Perhaps the only difference between the possible and the impossible is how determined we are to do the work? Even when it may be a weary and discouraging journey at times, does making it, come heck or high water, the only option we really have?

 

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

What’s the difference between the possible and the impossible? I remember confronting that recently as I was cutting down a stubborn, old gnarled, elm tree. Since elm is the type of wood that twists and snaps unexpectedly, there’s always a chance that, despite your best plan, the tree just isn’t going to cooperate. And that’s just what happened. Instead of falling on the mark I’d made, it leaned to the left and captured my chain saw bar, holding it fast. The situation looked impossible for the moment and my son asked if I thought I could get it out? My only response was, “Something needs to give and it won’t be me.” It took some time and sweat, but in the end, the tree lost that one. 

 

Perhaps the only difference between the possible and the impossible is how determined we are to do the work? 

 

Here’s a thought from Stephen Elmer: “Recently, my daughter had the opportunity to watch the salmon making their way up the Sable River to their spawning ground. Each fall, they return to their native stream, river, or lake, to spawn and bury their eggs. Salmon have the determination to keep on going until they reach their final destination – their spawning ground. The journey is upstream against the strong current, which pushes them back many times. Sometimes they get caught. Often they’re confronted with spillways and small dams. Whatever the obstruction, the salmon will wriggle, leap and push their way over or around anything in their way. Getting to their destination is all they care about. /Our Christian walk is like that of the salmon. We’re battling against the evils of this dark world; often going against the crowd. Many times, we meet strong opposition, but we who believe in Jesus, know there’s no other way to go. (Stephen B. Elmer) 

 

At times like those Salmon, we meet spiritual obstructions that block our walk with God. Or, we get caught by Satan, and, although Satan doesn’t release us, Jesus does. He’s always with us, showing us how to be free from sin. God has a plan for our lives, just as He has a plan for the salmon. You and I need to persevere and as the salmon do, year after year, run the race marked out for us. Keeping our eyes on Jesus, we will make it to our heavenly home as He has elected it be so, since before the beginning of time. It can be a weary and discouraging journey at times. But making it, come heck or high water, is the only option we really have. 

 

We pray. Father. Sometimes life is full of obstacles we have a hard time overcoming, strong currents of sorrows and pain that we struggle to fight against, and dead ends there seems to be no way around. Lord, it’s hard to stick to it, keep going forward, and struggling against these things without looking to quit. Help us to maintain our focus on the goal, finishing this race and abiding until the end. May we never forget that making it is the only way to go, no matter what. It really is the only option. In Jesus Name. Amen!

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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