Selfless-Reliance

“An impossibility, with God, becomes a glorious impossibility.”

                                                                                                                      -Larry Watson

 

Do you ever face seemingly insurmountable obstacles? The mountain seems too high, the valley too low and the waters too swift? You look at your situation and declare, “There’s just no way.” It looks impossible.

I remember helping my father set a corner post for a fence once. My brother and I were just little kids, and the post was a section cut from a heavy electrical pole. To sink this post, the required hole was deep and wide. To make matters even more difficult, the section was lying on a flatbed trailer and needed to be moved to the hole and dropped in place.

I looked at the hole, then the giant-sized post, then at my brother and then at my own hands. “This is will not happen,” I thought.

My father looked at the pole, then at the hole, then at us. “Here,“ he said, squatting down beside the trailer. “Roll it off on my back.”

“What?”

“You heard me, roll it off on my back.” (That’s what I thought he had said.)

“Are you sure?”

“Roll it off the trailer and on my back.”

So that’s what we did. We rolled it off the edge and he laid it across his back. Slowly he stood up, walked over to the hole, turned around and dropped it, with a great, hollow thud, into the hole. Had he not picked it up and carried it, it would have never happened. My brother and I were too small at the time. It was too much for us alone.

This childhood memory surfaced recently while I read from Psalms. “Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” (Ps. 37:5).  Interestingly, in Hebrew, the word “commit” means “to roll off onto.” I can roll my way, my life, off onto the shoulders of God, trust Him fully with it, and He will bring His plans for me to fruition. He says, “Roll it off onto Me.” Yet sometimes my response is, “What?” At some point in time, I hope that I will better realize that my weakness never changes God’s strength. My hands are too weak, but not His. Jesus Himself said, “…with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).

Are you facing the deep hole and the heavy load, scratching your head, looking at your own weakness and declaring that there is no way?

Yeah, me too. Permit another reminder… 

In Seeing the Invisible, A.B. Simpson wrote, “Into the body, whose constitution is exhausted and its springs of life run out, He can command health and strength.  And so faith begins where human hopes and prospects end, and man’s extremity is God’s own opportunity.”

Impossibilities for you, with God, become opportunities for His glory to be seen and His name praised…if you will “roll” those impossibilities off onto Him.  

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