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Topic: IMPOSSIBLE (09/05/19)
- TITLE: Hope In a Bunch of Weeds
By Mary Hood
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Some months ago, after a week in the hospital, Hospice was called in. Hospice is a team of trained medical professionals who help with the final preparation for departure. Their job is not to cure, but to bring comfort, dignity and emotional support to the terminally ill and family members. A couple of monts went by and Hospice was discharged. Carrie's mother was recovering.
This story isnâ€™t rare. How many people do we know or hear of who have had similar situations? How many times have we almost died. How many times should we have died, by all logical reasons and odds?
Sometimes it takes a death sentence to make me rise!
What situations face us that we say are impossible?
That same afternoon I went home and stared at my garden. I saw years of neglect. What I allowed to grow reduced the actual space I could plant. Weeds had grown the size of trees, blocking the sunlight. Each year looked more impossible than the one before.
I found the garden loppers and started chopping. About an hour went by. Now brush piles line my garden. It is not finished, but light pours in as I walk the length from one end to another. If I continue this and prepare the land, next year I can plant so much more.
Overwhelming doesnâ€™t mean impossible.
Jesus came to earth with a death sentence. He needed to die before He could rise.
My garden looks messy. Hope is not always tidy.
Remember the disciples asking Jesus why they could not drive out the demon?
â€œAnd He *said to them, â€œBecause of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, â€˜Move from here to there,â€™ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.â€, (Matthew 17:20, NASB)
It may well be a tiny mustard seed of faith that moves the mountain, but does one consider what is left after? There may be a mountain range behind it. Some mountains are to be climbed, one step at a time. It is the same faith either way.
Faith moves mountains, or faith can move me.
What is the greatest mountain in my life? Is it free will? When all looks lost I blame God or others, becoming bitter, or I can choose to move forward.
My free will is a catapult for faith. God will see it, catch it and act according to His will. My will in God's hand makes me move impossible mountains.
â€œI call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by living the Lord your God, by obeying his voice, and by holding fast to Him, for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.â€ (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
At the end of one thing, there lies hope, waiting for you to grab it.
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