My friend, may I ask you a question? How do find the ability to see below the surface of things, to discover solutions that no one else could see? Does each of us have the ability to envision the possibilities that lie beyond the impossibilities??
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Vision. When we are able to see past the roadblocks, hazards and detours that so often interrupt life’s journey, it is said that we are visionary. If we possess vision, the ability to see what others might be missing for lack of focus, there is very little in this world that dwells beyond our grasp.
Vision, it is said, is being able to see the things invisible. In other words, that which along the path of life has not as yet happened becomes known simply because you are able to envision what must be the end of that path. We see beyond that which is not yet seen. People who have mastered the ability to do this, see beyond that which is strictly visible, are people who are most often able and, more importantly, willing to conquer the impossible. Things are only impossible when we don’t envision the possibilities that lie beyond them.
Here’s a story. Years ago new engineers in the Lamp Division of General Electric were assigned, as a joke, the impossible task of frost- ing light bulbs on the inside. None of the engineers took the assignment seriously since frosting a bulb on the inside was not a possibility by engineering standards. Eventually, however, an undaunted newcomer named Marvin Pipkin not only found a way to frost bulbs on the inside but developed an etching acid that gave minutely rounded pits instead of sharp depressions. This materially strengthened each bulb. The bulb was a tremendous success and revolutionized the light bulb industry. What seemed impossible on the surface, proved possible when Pipkin was able to see below the surface. Fortunately, no one had told him it couldn’t be done, so he did it. (Bits & Pieces, December, 1989, p. 20-21.)
How do find the ability to see below the surface of things? Does each of us have the ability to envision the possibilities that lie beyond the impossibilities? In fact, God has given you and I just that power, the ability to envision the outcome even before we understand the process that will take us beyond the roadblocks, hazards and detours. The tool He grants is very simple and even the simplest of persons can use it. It’s called prayer. When we are faced with an impossible task, one that looms over us threatening and full of doom, the first thing we ought not to lose is hope. In our hope that God will deliver even that which seems impossible, He urges us to turn to prayer and not be afraid to ask of Him that which might seem, on the surface, impossible. God has defeated entire armies with but a touch of His finger. Here is a resource that no Christian ought to ignore or despise. Seeing the possibilities beyond the impossibilities awaits us if only we know where to find the power. Thus armed, much that is invisible may quickly become visible in your life.
We pray. Heavenly Father, it’s easy to give up when it just takes too much effort, too much time, and just too much of ourselves to look for solutions that just don’t seem easy to find. Yet we know that many problems can be solved if we just take the time to think it through and call upon Your Holy Spirit to aid us in finding solutions that may not be apparent without some hard work on our part. Forgive us when we quit and help us to find the endurance and the curiosity to see below the surface of life’s problems at solutions You have hidden for a purpose—that they should be found. We ask this 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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