'Week 2
 is possible'

Thursday Reflection

10th December 2020

'Believing impossible things'

27 Jesus looked at them
   intently and said,
  "Humanly speaking,
   it is impossible.
   But not with God.
   Everything is
   possible with God."

..... Mark 10:27

Most of us like our world
to be predictable.
We know what's important
to us and we mostly accept
our own limitations.

Days fly by,
and it's all fine
until something happens
and everything changes.

The recent pandemic has brought
with it so much upheaval, change,
we can hardly recognise
our world now.

It feels as though
we've tumbled into some
unknown place in time,
rather like Alice
in Lewis Carroll's

Through the Looking-Glass.

Alice meets with the
Red Queen and is asked
to believe impossible things.
Her response is interesting;

'Alice laughed;
'There's no use trying,
 she said;
'one can't believe in
 impossible things.'

'I dare say you
haven't had much practice,
said the Queen.
'When I was younger,
I always did it
for half an hour a day.
Why, sometimes
I've believed as many as
six impossible things
before breakfast.'

In this extract,
Carroll manages to shine
a light on one of the
bigger issues of our
Christian experience.

You see,
Alice is like most of us;
she sees the reality
of the world and cannot see
how incredible things
are even possible.

Her mind is finite, fixed,
and as it observes the world,
it rejects the miraculous
and quickly declares,
'It's impossible.'

Perhaps the Queen
in this story believes as God
might have us do as well.

The Queen admits she
may not do it enough,
now that she's older,
but somewhere in her younger days,
she was able to believe many
impossible things before breakfast.

What keeps us from believing
impossible things?

What causes us to imagine that the
world keeps rolling along without hope?

Perhaps the problem is that
we've become a little too adult.
Jesus said:

Truly I tell you,
anyone who will not receive
the kingdom of God
like a little child
will never enter it."

..... Mark 10:15

The story of Alice
reminds us that we might be
better off adopting a more
childlike faith,
to go back in time
when we believed God
could do anything.

If we had that kind of faith,
and we believed as Jesus told us,

"Humanly speaking,
 it is impossible.
 But not with God.
 is possible with God."

then we would be
more confident.

We would trust that
no matter how things look,
God is in charge,
and that means there's a
lot more that is possible.

When we experience
bleak moments in our lives
that cause our spirits
to slump,
we don't need to despair,
instead we can look up
and reach out to Jesus who,
through his Spirit,
makes all things possible.

Paul wrote,

'I can do all things
 through Christ
 who strengthens me.'

Philippians 4:13

God wants to carry us
though each dark moment
into his wonderful light.
Because he knows all things
are possible for us,
and he wants us to know it too.

Just say it aloud,

'All things are
possible with God';

and remember

22 The faithful
   love of the Lord never ends!
   His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
   his mercies begin afresh
   each morning.

Lamentations 3:22-23.