I imagine the turtle that my son picked up was scared, frustrated and feeling helpless. Journey interrupted – private space invaded. If he could talk maybe he would have said, “Mom, he’s touching my shell.” If he could think, was he tallying just how far out of his planned journey this exhibition would place him? Half way across the street – halfway there – and now this.
I don’t think he trusted us. I rather imagine he had no faith in our intentions, as he was held there mid-air, legs dangling out of his shell. He had no concept of believing impossible things. Just instinctive fear.
I am so glad that unlike the turtle God filled us with the ability to believe – to believe in impossible things.
“There’s no use trying,” she said: “One can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
– Lewis Carroll, Through a Looking Glass
What are 6 things you need to believe?
Can you believe it for 30 minutes today?
Thank God for doing the impossible?
“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me”
Do you need to practice?
Today, before breakfast
I am going to believe
6 impossible things are not impossible
because through Him, all things are possible
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”
All things are possible –
I thank God believing that He provides even in a failing economy.
I believe in the dreams He has put on my husband’s heart, I believe in the brick-by-brick building of that dream.
I believe, not in past behavior patterns of a son becoming a man – I believe in God’s faithfulness and love to pursue each person He created, just as the Shepherd pursues each lost lamb.
I believe that the son who does not like to keep calendars of due dates for school projects will become organized and through organization become responsible for his grades.
I believe that I will have abundant energy to respond with grace to each son today.
I believe that my day will be punctuated with joy, laughter and blessing – both given and received.
I believe that one day I will understand how God wants me to fill my days, use my gifts and fulfill His plan for my life – and through that understanding have peace about myself.
As I walk through each day, I will believe, though I don’t see, walking, holding tightly to a faith that is “the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
And, while I am walking seeing the unseen, I will whisper the words Jesus whispered to Jarius who’s daughter, though dead, through Jesus believed she could yet live again:
“Don’t be afraid; just believe” (Mark 5:36)