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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Achievement (03/08/12)

TITLE: Climbing Over Impossible
By Kathy Stevens


What is impossible? Webster’s says it is something that is not capable of being, of being done, or happening. Our every day life carries things that we name as not workable. So many things come at us with the label “Impossible.” It could be a doctor’s prognosis, the banker, our grades, a promotion, or relationships.

We declare something to be impossible when we disguise it behind the word, “afraid.”

“I’m afraid I’m not good enough. I’m afraid I’ll be alone. Maybe my father/mother was right because I act just like him/her. How will I pay my bills? I know I messed up yesterday. How will I ever achieve my goals? From here, it looks impossible.

You can see it; you can smell it and you can feel it. It is fear – fear of the impossible.

Jan has come to one of those roadblocks today. It is big, black and ugly. It grabs at her, shredding her with every swipe.

“Oh, the pain, I can’t take it any more. Why, God, why? I thought I could handle my life. I’ve not thought about my horrible problems for days now. I thought time would heal all things. Doesn’t it? I know I have to push on, I must keep going. How will I achieve anything if I don’t keep working?

“I’m so tired. It seems that when I get one problem solved, another one lands in its place. I’m so weary of the constant battle. When will it ever end? When will ‘impossible’ ever stop and go away?”

She falls onto her bed feeling as if the world could end right now and she would not care. She grabs a handful of tissues to wipe her pretty face. Her nose is red and her eyes are beginning to puff. Tears run rampant as pain, agony, and disappointments come gushing up through her body and spilling out of her eyes. Her petite body trembles as wave after wave surges through her.

Finally, when there are no more tears, she lies still in her quiet room. Staring straight ahead in the dead silence – she hears something.

“Nothing is too hard for Me.”

Brushing her hair out of her eyes, she is sure she heard something.


“If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, nothing will be impossible for you.”

Now Jan is sure she heard something. She pulls herself together and sits up on the bed.

Nothing will be impossible for me?”

“With men many things are impossible, but with Me nothing is impossible. You can do things your way or My way. Which do you choose?”

Contemplating these words, Jan slowly lies back. This thought is new to her.

“I’ve worked so hard doing things my way. I didn’t accomplish anything and I feel so defeated. I didn’t know there was any other way. When I think of the terrible road I’ve been down, I’d give anything to do something different – but what? What can I do that's different than what I’ve been doing?”

“You can do it My way. You can believe Me for the answer to your problem. I have the answers. I can heal your pain and move hearts for your favor. I can heal sickness and disease and every ugly thing that raises its head up against you. Can you do that?”

Now her eyes are big as she sits straight up, her long hair falling down into her eyes.

“No, I can’t do that. Would . . . would You do that for me? Why?”

“Because I love you – you are Mine. Remember when you accepted me into your heart as a child? You haven’t talked to Me in a while, except for a favor now and then, but I have missed you greatly. When you release your struggles to Me, ‘impossible’ goes away.

She moves to the window and looks out holding a steady gaze.

“I do remember how You helped me when I was a child, but I thought that since I was older, I could handle life on my own. I was wrong. I have some mountains that need to move – so Father, I do believe everything You said in the Bible about my problems, and I stand on those promises now. I believe that through You, nothing will be impossible for me. With You, I will climb over impossible, and I can achieve anything. Thank You, Lord, for taking all my 'impossibles.' I'm not afraid anymore."

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C D Swanson 03/16/12
I loved this entry and how it can relate to each and everyone of us reading this right now.

Excellent job of showing the "internal conflicts" we can all share as Christians every now and again.

Thanks. God bless~
Joanne Sher 03/18/12
I liked especially the "personal" part - when you shared about Jan and her struggles. Great message for all of us.
Edmond Ng 03/21/12
A story that speaks softly to the heart as in a still small voice, comforting and giving warmth. I like the prayer at the end. Well done on a nicely written piece.
Hiram Claudio03/21/12
From a life of disappointment and pain, you rose a story of faith and victory - well done!