Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~ The White Queen, Alice in Wonderland.
So what do we define as impossible? I mean, if I woke up believing I was the Duchess of Cambridge folks might think I was temporarily insane (four of her could fit in my left pants leg) but really, who’s to say what’s impossible?
Here are six impossible things I have been known to believe before breakfast.
1) Anything insensitive, mean or hurtful thing I’ve ever done or said is completely forgotten by all.
Obviously this can never be true because we are all human. Though some may forgive and “forget”, there will always be someone who remembers. I would give anything to be able to erase portions of my past from the minds of others with an “I’m sorry” and a smile, but I can’t. Those who love me unconditionally may forgive me and never bring it up again, but I still remember – and I have a hard time forgiving myself. I once wrote a devotional based on this very fact.
But the One we can always rely on to forgive and forget is God. No matter what you’ve done, no matter how badly you’ve hurt Him, when you turn to God for forgiveness, you get it – completely.
I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. ~ Isaiah 43:25
This is possible.
2) I will write a book and travel the world attending book signings in my honor.
The natural course of this impossibility would be to actually finish writing a book. And when I hear about so many fantastic novel successes that were initially turned down 15 times over the course of 10 years, one can’t help but think that immediately after breakfast this really would be an impossible achievement for me. However, when I actually think about this a bit, when I initially got the urge to get serious about writing, I began the Two Week Worship blog. I wanted to reach out to find other women living through the same frustration and heartache that I was. And I wanted to offer faith based encouragement to help them (and myself) keep the hope and dream of becoming a mother alive. Two Week Worship is read by amazing women (and men) all over the world, so in a way I’m traveling the world. And to be honest, I think I would get way more excited about receiving a comment or an email than I ever would about something so boring as writing my own name in my own book. Interacting with all of you and developing relationships all over the world has helped me turn my previously frustrated and bitter world into life full of purpose and understanding.
Jesus says, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” ~ Mark 16:15
This is possible.
3) I’m going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. When that day comes I shall futterwacken… vigorously.
For about two years of my life, this was all I could dream of doing. I planned my trip over and over again. I contacted several groups that took several trips a year to the summit, I even began running half marathon trail runs to help get myself in shape. But circumstances changed, priorities changed, life happened. While I don’t see my long awaited trek occurring anytime soon, I still believe it will happen. I mean, Martha Stewart did it in her 50’s, so why can’t I?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” ~ Proverbs 3:5
This is possible.
4) I will lose 30 lbs and feel really good about myself again.
This one’s been hanging around since I got depressed and gained 50 pounds two years ago. I lost 30, gained back 15, you know how it goes. There’s always going to be weight to lose, clothes to fit into, skin to care for… My sweet husband’s unfailing response to my insecurity is that he loves my curves and loves that I look like a woman. He’s wonderful.
Unconditional acceptance is something that absolutely amazes me. God loves us unconditionally. Whether or not I will ever be able to look the way I used to, I know that I am loved. And this love without bounds or conditions allows me to look in the mirror and love myself. I may never lose all of that 30 pounds, but I can feel good about myself, and love myself again.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.~ Romans 8:38-39
This is possible.
5) I am a strong, courageous woman and I can stand up to anyone.
For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:2
Today is the day. The right time is now. I love this scripture!
This is possible!
6) I will be a mother.
This last one is my own testimony that with God all things are possible. I woke up believing this every morning for years – only for the glamor of the dream to fade as the day wore on, and my spirit settled and my heart grew bitter. But – God did hear my prayers and the prayers of my family and friends, and thanks to the incredible blessing of adoption, I am a mother.
He gives the childless woman a family, making her a happy mother. Praise the LORD! ~ Psalm 113:9
Not only was it possible, it happened.
So when you wake up in the morning and think about your six impossible things, just remember -
Something is impossible – only if you believe that it is.
Anything is possible with God.