A Family Portrait: Mission Impossible
A reminder that with God, all things are
picnic had been great fun, filled with games and races,
topped off with a wiener roast on an open fire. As we sat
back to relax after the meal, cold drinks and deserts in
hand, our contentment was interrupted by the "matriarch"
of the family. She bustled around, urging everyone to clean
up and clear out. I wondered at her sudden urgency to see
everyone leave, but joined the crowd in cleaning up. As
everyone headed to their vehicles, we jumped in with the
elder woman, for the short drive back to her house. Starting
her truck with a sigh and a quick glance at her watch, she
turned to us and apologized.
to have to rush you, but we have a photographer coming and
we have to be ready." I assumed she meant she and her
husband and asked if there was a special occasion for the
portrait. "Oh, it's not just us," she replied,
"All 26 of us have to get changed and ready for the
photographer in half an hour and there's only one bathroom
in our house!" We laughed as she admitted, "I
know, it's 'Mission Impossible'! "
months later I saw the portrait taken that day. Remembering
the grubby kids and casually dressed adults at the picnic,
I was amazed at the photo. Even the youngest looked well
groomed. Remembering my friend's comment about 'Mission
Impossible,' I smiled and thought, 'Mission Accomplished.'
the circumstances of life seem impossible: a debt load too
great to handle, relationships too broken to be restored,
a history of pain and misery too deep to be healed. But
there is hope. As Jesus explained what it would take for
a person to enter the kingdom of God, he used a well-known
landmark called "the eye of the needle." The "eye"
was a low, narrow gate into Jerusalem. It was impossible
for a camel to get through it. The disciples were astonished
that Jesus would say it was no easier for someone to get
into heaven than for a camel to get through that gate.
reaction was exactly what Jesus wanted. He wanted them to
realize salvation, like the resolution of many circumstances
in life, is impossible to accomplish on our own. Matthew
19: 26 says - Jesus looked at them and said, "With
man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
believe you are "too far gone" to be accepted
by God? Are there circumstances in your life that seem impossible?
Note the words Jesus uses - ALL THINGS. That includes finances,
relationships, destroyed families and lost jobs, even a
life that seems 'too far gone.' ALL THINGS can be restored
by Him. All it takes is a willing heart, a heart willing
to submit to His will; a heart, no matter how dark, willing
to be restored. The instant that willing heart turns to
Him, He shouts, "Mission Accomplished!" Is your
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