A few friends have told me about their goals and the difficulties they expect in achieving them. And while I admitted their concerns seemed legitimate, I still had to interject that difficult did not mean impossible.
The worldview of your decision, adjustment, task, or situation may be focused only on the difficulties and may even predict likely failure or at best a long and weary struggle. But I find comfort and hope in words Jesus once spoke: â€śWith men this is impossible; but with God all things are possibleâ€ť (Matthew 19:26).
I think Jesus would be unimpressed by any and all mortal opinions, theories, fears, and conjectures on any and all subjects. He contended that if you had faith, â€śnothing shall be impossible unto youâ€ť (Matthew 17:20).
If weâ€™re going to make and implement goals, we need to believe our goals are attainable. Believing something might not be possible is surely self-defeating.
I donâ€™t think Jesus was ever worried about whether he was able to heal or to feed the multitudes. He had no doubt that all needs would be met by our loving and gracious Father-Mother God. He listened for Godâ€™s guidance and was obedient to the instruction he received.
The Bible is filled with examples of people overcoming what some would have called impossible odds and circumstances. I have many favorites.
David conquering Goliath and Nehemiah rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem are two of them. Both trusted in their spiritual intuition and what they believed was Godâ€™s guidance and wisdom. Both were undaunted by fear, doubt, criticism, or gossip. Their confidence rested upon their divine mission and purpose. And they were certain and expectant of success. How could they fail? And so they didnâ€™t!
I love another biblical example that illustrates not being overly impressed by what would at first appear to be impossible odds. Apparently, the king of Syria had sent a â€śgreat hostâ€ť of men on horses and chariots and surrounded the city where Elisha was. When Elishaâ€™s servant saw the army surrounding them, he fearfully asked Elisha, â€śHow shall we do?â€ť Elisha tried to calm his servantâ€™s alarm and responded, â€śFear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.â€ť
And then the Bible says, â€śAnd Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elishaâ€ť (see II Kings 6:8-18).
When I find myself in situations that seem impossible to deal with or to overcome, my prayer begins, â€śOpen my ears, Lord, that I may hear Your direction and guidance. Open my eyes, that I may see the solution You have provided. Open my mind, that I may understand Your ever-presence, Your allness, Your power, Your love.â€ť
Itâ€™s sometimes tempting to be fooled into believing our circumstances are beyond Godâ€™s control or reach. But that is not true, as Elishaâ€™s experience aptly illustrated. Right there in the midst of imminent danger was Godâ€™s protection and saving power. It is often our fear that keeps us from seeing solutions that are closer at hand than we realize.
One of my favorite lines byÂ Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Monitor, is, â€śLet us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroyâ€ť (â€śScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures,â€ť p. 249). So I also often pray, â€śLet me feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing me into newness of life. And let me recognize no mortal or material power as able to destroy.â€ť
When youâ€™re faced with something difficult, remember difficult is not impossible. And you can feel and trust the power of God to enlighten, guide, and save you.