God loves the impossible. It’s no real secret that He enjoys proving us wrong. Where we say, “It can’t be done,” He just says, “Pshhh, really?” Then a donkey speaks, a prophet beats a chariot on foot, locked shackles and doors pop open with a quick shake of the ground and that’s just a sampling.
We tend to see our challenges as absolutes. If it hasn’t been done before, throw in the towel because it’s gonna stay that way. Too hard? Our minds travel to the area of sho-nuff and set up camp.
When the impossible came to mind, it took me back to one of my favorite films, The Empire Strikes Back.
Now, I have what you call an “obsession” with Star Wars. I can quote each backwards and forwards. My absolute favorite of all is Empire. Personally, I think that it is one of the most complete movies of all time.
Anyways, when I thought about the impossible, my mind instantly went to Luke training with Yoda. You can see the clip here. Watch it really quick before reading further.
Luke is balancing and moving stones when R2D2 interrupts the training with worried beeps and buzzes. Their X-Wing had finally slipped completely into the bog. Luke exclaims his dismay just like we would in that situation. How would he get back to his friends? Yoda reminds him of his training and Luke responds with everyone’s favorite line, “I’ll try.”
Isn’t that how it goes though? The impossible stares us in the face and we think maybe. But what follows Luke’s doubt is my favorite line ever. I’ve used it so many times in so many situations.
Do. Or do not. There is no try.
Luke goes to war against his doubt and ultimately, his doubt is greater than his faith. Yoda gives him a long spill on the Force and Luke tells him that he asks the impossible while storming off to sulk.
Here’s where we get into the lesson. Yoda moves the ship no prob. Luke rushes over exclaiming his disbelief and the little green man says the second best line, “That is why you fail.”
We fail simply because we look at things through the world’s eyes. That’s the standard that we have come to accept. That mountain is too high. The race is too long. But with God…
I know you’re probably thinking I’m gonna reference Philippians 4:13, which is very applicable in this situation, but no! This story runs hand-in-hand with Jesus and the disciples on the stormy sea.
In Matthew 8:23-27, Jesus and His disciples are traveling across the Sea of Galilee, a storm hits, disciples freak out, Jesus wakes up and says shhh, the seas calm, the disciples freak out, Jesus says, “Where is your faith?”
So, where is your faith? Has your hope been dashed, thus wrecking your faith? Let me tell ya, no situation is too big or small for God to handle. Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). You faith in His ability just has to outweigh your doubt. But that’s a lot harder than it sounds.
Since we live, work, eat, sleep, and breathe in the world, we have to constantly be on our guard. We need to remind ourselves that each day is the day that God has made and we should rejoice and be glad! Lamentations 3:22-24 says that His mercies are new EVERY MORNING. That means every day we get the chance to set the tone with God. By doing that, we align ourselves with Him, therefore giving us the mind of Christ. And His mind is flawless, right?
To go even further, if we have the mind of Christ we can push harder and trust that He is able to do exceedingly above whatever we ask or think. Therefore, nothing is impossible.
Change your thinking. Get rid of what the world says and start filling up on what God says. That mountain will never be too big, nor will the race be too long.
Y’all be safe out there.