Did you have an impossible week? Impossible, is the only way to describe my week and that would be with an exclamation mark! I knew going into it that the odds were not in my favor for an easy week and even as I write, it has ended on a surely insurmountable note. Sometimes life is not only uncertain but seemingly impossible. Perhaps though our reactions to the impossible is often skewed, convoluted, and without the ability to see the good in the impossible outlook.
Once there was a 747 jetliner that was halfway across the Atlantic on its way to Italy when the captain got on the loudspeaker and said, ”Ladies and Gentlemen, we have lost one of our engines, but we can still reach Rome with the three engines we have left. Unfortunately, this will make us one hour late.”
An hour passed and the captain came on again to make another announcement, ”I am sorry to report that we lost another engine. There is no need to worry however as we can still make it on two. This will though now make us about two hours late.
It wasn’t but a short time later that once again the passengers heard the captain’s voice, ”Well folks we have just lost our third engine, but please rest assure that we can fly with only one. We will however arrive at our destination 3 hours late.
At this point, one passenger became furious and shouted out, ”For goodness sake, if we lose another engine we’ll be up here all night!”
Impossible situations make us focus on improbable outcomes. We forget that our power comes from above where the impassable is always possible.
This past week Facebook’s 2015 annual list of the most discussed topics are also the dimming light of the troubled world we live in.Â 1.6 billion users focused more on the daunting global situations of the world than in the years past.Â The topics of war, natural catastrophes, and people just not being nice to each other, to put it mildly, flooded the top ranks.
Here are the 2015 Facebook 2015 Year in Review:
- U.S. presidential election
- Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris
- Syrian civil war and refugee crisis
- Nepal earthquake in April
- Greek debt crisis
- Marriage equality (related to the Supreme Court decision in June upholding the legality of gay marriage)
- Fight against ISIS
- Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris on Jan. 7
- Baltimore police protests
- Charleston, S.C., shooting and Confederate flag debate
The world certainly seems in an unreasonable state. With all of this to think about, it could really make us wonder if we need to reconsider our impending celebrations of the season.
Is Christmas this year rating in the impossible realm? Maybe however Christmas has always been full of the impossible.
It certainly begins with an impossible birth to a very elderly couple followed by a totally impossible pregnancy to a young girl. Then there is the impossible idea that God comes to the earth as a tiny baby to bring hope to the lost world. A cast full of angels making announcements, situations arising that cause the Savior of the world to be born in a stable and laid in a manger. Then add in the contrasting characters of lowly shepherds and important wise men and suddenly all the unimaginable come together for one purpose and one purpose only that makes all of the impossible absolutely and positively astounding. The great possibility of all of this only occurs with God.
So in a world of seemingly bad news and inconceivable situations there is good news as the impossible Christmas over 2000 years ago makes it possible now for us to have eternal life. This tiny baby is more powerful than our most powerful enemy. He loves us even through our worst failures. He forgives our sins, heals our hurts, and fills us with peace. The impossible Christmas is what our faith begins with and depends upon, for God can do anything as He proved that nothing is impossible with Him.
The impossible is possible as this week’s focus verse teaches us that only through our faith of endurance and strength can the possibilities in life shine through reflecting to God. For all that is in God’s will and plan makes anything possible.
Is your life impossible? Yes, it certainly is if God is not in it. But with choosing God in your life you will see that the impossible is always full of possibilities.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, ”Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible. Matthew 19:26 (NLT)
Moving Forward with Possible
So when life is impossible how do you keep moving forward? It is through your faith that you understand that God is what makes your life possible. It is through God that you have life and it is through God that you will continue to have life. You cannot solve your own problems through money, possessions, or your own will and determination. There is no self-made man or woman, for that is preposterous. It is through and by the grace of God that you must understand that all you have and all you will have is made possible by God. It is He that makes the impossible things in life possible.
So what should you do when you are drowning in a world of impossible? Grab the life ring of faith and jump in as it is only through Him that you are saved. And it is only through Him that you will see the possibilities even in the hopeless world for God is in control.
Impossible situations maybe aren’t what they appear to be. My impossible week in reflection has been a week of possible. Sometimes you just have to step back and view it from a different perspective as it reveals its gloryÂ in a contrasting way. The possible acknowledges itself through faith and prayer. Just like the impossible Christmas over 2000 years ago when God created our salvation through faith in Christ.
Is life impossible? It seems that way some times but God is possible and through His possibilities we know that He is greater than beyond our imagination. He will see that the impossible reveals itselfÂ to us in very possible ways.
Love in Christ,
Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” If you stand with Jesus today, you’ll never stand alone.
Post Post Script
This week’s writing was truly impossible but God made it possible like He does each and every week. ~ E.J.
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