Saturday, November 30, 2013

Nothing Shall Be Impossible

Luke tells us right off the bat in his first chapter that with God nothing is impossible.  How often do we contemplate the magnitude of that statement?  I think we generally parrot it with the good intention of comprehending it and the hopes that one day we might, but I know that truly nothing is impossible with the Lord.  I have come to know this for myself through countless experiences.  Allow me discuss only one.  

Valentine's Day 2007 is a day that no one in my family will likely ever forget.  It became a standing testimony to all who in any way experienced it that God is truly over all things and that nothing is impossible.  I was driving to work on the freeway with my daughter, nanny and unborn son when a gravel truck drove us into a guardrail and hit the front of our car, sending it spinning across three lanes of traffic. We came to an abrupt stop when we smashed face first into the opposite concrete wall.  A second later a full sized semi barreled into our trunk and spun along with the semi, colliding with it again before finally stopping altogether.  The entire backseat was smashed into pieces except where my daughter was sitting.  She received one scratch on her nose and lost one drop of blood but was otherwise unharmed.  The nanny sustained a few internal and external bruises which healed remarkably quickly.  I also received a few light bruises and though I was hit directly in the hip my unborn son was completely untouched.  Word spread like wildfire throughout the hospital of our miraculous escape from death and when I checked out nurses gaped in awe at the woman who literally walked away.

Faith precedes the miracle and I had been prayerfully searching for miracles in my life prior to this situation, but it has remained etched in my mind as a very real, physical manifestation of God's hand in our lives unto the sustaining and preserving of those who follow Him.  It has proven an indisputable testimony to me that God is at the helm and though we may be called to walk through hell and fire, His protecting hand will never allow any pain or sorrow into our lives save those we need for our progression and learning. 

As a Little Child

I have a confession.  This is a topic that took me a great deal of time to learn, which is much to my discredit as the Lord discusses it repeatedly.  Becoming as a child seemed a step backward for me most of my life and as the youngest of four I generally wished to be older and more capable like my siblings rather than infantile as they sometimes viewed me.  And in this world we often measure success by education, promotions, and the like.  Often we scoff at becoming innocent and submissive as a child.

And yet, are we not all children?  In the great economy of heaven, do we really know much of anything?  Can we provide for ourselves without the care of the Almighty?  Not at all.  As a business executive I can readily see that the Lord leads clients to our doors and it is according to His will and not what I say or do that can make or break a contract.  Even in financial success, we can be plagued by devastating medical bills or  personal loss.  As powerful as we may think we are, the Lord truly holds all the cards in every aspect of our lives.  So doesn't it make sense to accept the fact that we are as but children in His stewardship?  Doesn't it make logical sense to accept the fact that we cannot do it alone and cling to our mighty Father who can protect and care for all our needs?

I am grateful for a rather extreme illness that I have had for quite some time.  I have had post traumatic stress for years, and through the extreme pain and overwhelming, near fatal trauma I have learned that there is no shame in being the daughter of a living God.  I have had to depend on Him for everything from preserving my life and sanity to rebuilding every aspect of my existence.  There is no shame in recognizing that we cannot do it on our own and allowing His hand to shape and bless our lives in a manner more powerful than we could have accomplished alone.  And thus, when we are weak, then are we strong.