It’s all looked a little impossible lately. It’s not just the lists and the stacks and the deadlines, though there are plenty of those.
There’s more: people we love hurt. We hurt, heart-deep. Friends are staring down mean diagnoses and long roads and uncertain tomorrows.
Lydia knows some of it, because she’s 11 and she reads the back of church bulletins with the long prayer lists. She hears my sides of phone conversations, and reads headlines over my shoulder. So at night, when the moon rises, we talk about it. She pulls up the covers under her chin, and I could tell by the quiver in her voice that she feels like life has had handed out one too many lemons.
“It all looks so … impossible.”
And sometimes, she admits, it makes you want to give up praying. I nod my head in the dark, because I’ve felt that feeling.
But I told her right then: When you want to throw in the towel, throw your problems on a nail instead.
Which is what we did — and what we do, every night and every morning and every noon. We prayed, tossing our worries on Calvary nails.
I tucked her in, then walked out of her room in the dark, and stepped right onto the truth. It was a tiny spike — long lost from our set of Easter resurrection eggs — poking my foot hard. It was buried in the deep carpet fibers of her bedroom. (That says a lot about my vacuuming regimen around here, and it says even more about my Christ.)
Right in the dark, the truth hit me hard.
Three nails did the hardest work, rescuing us from our Eden-rooted past, giving us hope for our present, and eternally securing our futures.
And just think: our Risen Savior didn’t leave us as orphans. He filled us with His Spirit, so that we could accomplish even greater things.
In Christ, nothing is impossible. As the Body of Christ, we are a part of Team Possible.
For every affliction, restriction, addiction or bit of friction in your life, there is one holy benediction: “It is finished.”
Through Christ and His Christ, the unimaginable becomes imaginable.
The impossible becomes possible.
God knows the unknown, and sees the unforeseen.
He holds all things together, and fastened Himself to a tree as the greatest exclamation mark on the greatest act known to humankind.
Wherever you’re going, He is already there.
“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”
~ Dwight L. Moody
“Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
~ Jesus Christ
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
~ The Apostle Paul
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.”
~ Jesus Christ