27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
Nothing is impossible. Right. That sounds like some “pie in the sky,” “power of positive thinking” bumper sticker sentiment, right? Plenty of things are impossible – or at least – really difficult.
Yet, Jesus said it. Well….almost.
He said, “For all things are possible with God.”
That makes all the difference.
Whenever we are confronted with our own limitations; with how difficult the call of God can sometimes be; when we are too discouraged to think of any solutions; when we are told by others we just don’t have what it takes; when we are too angry, too hurt, too confused, too tired, too afraid, too…anything…remember – all things are possible with God.
The solution to our issue may not come as we planned, or according to our timing, but that – ultimately – doesn’t matter.
Jesus promised that God hears, cares, responds, and – most of all – is capable – to strengthen us and, if need be, even fight the battle for us.
Jesus isn’t easy. Neither are his teachings. That is what prompted his first disciples to ask in despair, “Who then can be saved?”
But Jesus and his teachings are the Way past what the world sees as impossibility. Always.
By Paul Simrell
The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
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