A dream come true, once-in-a lifetime achievement, miracle healing: all these are possibilities that can become truth. What does it feel like to touch the impossible, to believe for it, to see it actually happen? We sing that God is God of the impossible. We declare that He makes those impossible things possible. Do we truly believe it? Do we really believe that God can redefine impossibilities into reality?
I have come across many seemingly impossible scenarios in my life. Time and time again, I have seen God transform them. He has re-crafted situations, grown skills and most incredibly of all, moulded hearts; all this to make what we see as impossible, into a reality that glorifies God of the possible. As I thought about all of this, I found myself challenged to pray. I want to see the impossible transformed everyday. I want to see miracles of God, testimonies springing forth, to experience the life and excitement of His growing kingdom on earth.
So then, how can we see the impossible transformed?
1. Have faith
In [Matthew 17:20], Jesus says,
“… assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
This was in the context of his disciples asking why they could not cast out a spirit from a boy. Matthew 13:58 also mentions that Jesus did not do many miracles in His hometown because of their lack of faith.
What is it that faith contributes to the impossible?
When we have faith, even the smallest speck of it, we demonstrate revelation of God’s power. Faith recognises that God can and desires to do things for the good of humanity. Faith makes the impossible possible because it no longer relies on human abilities which are limited, but rests on the unfailing love and power of God who can do everything.
Have faith; because God can transform the smallest seed of faith into a testimony for Him.
Faith coupled with hope gives us the ability to persevere. [Hebrews 12:1-2] tells us to
“… lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking into Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”
The path to see the impossible transformed, is littered with obstacles. The track seems too long, we get tired of praying, of waiting, of seeing no change. We get distracted by other things and sometimes, when the impossible seems too far away, we just forget about it.
So many times, I have seen my initial zeal for a miracle settle into a more mundane march of prayer. That’s ok; that’s part of perseverance. I remember all the times God stepped in when my heart was weary and I had moved on from dwelling on a promise He gave, only to be surprised and elated by His sudden break-through.
These testimonies remind me that God is still working even when I don’t see every move He makes. They remind me that God is faithful, and so kind. Often I see that He has answered my prayer in a better way, or realise that His timing was sooner that I might have expected. These testimonies help me to maintain thanksgiving in my heart, and to persevere in prayer for the impossible since I have already seen God transform it.
There is a beauty and a treasure in the patient, sometimes seemingly mundane march of persevering faith, and it is worth every laboured step.
3. Lean on God
The miracle is ours to experience, but God’s to deliver. Ultimately the impossible is transformed by the hand of God, and we are witness to it.
[Psalm 37:3-5] says,
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness,
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.”
A life like this is lived in freedom! We have faith that God is good, that He knows us, loves us, and will establish our paths. We can persevere, being always filled with the joy that comes from the faithfulness of God. We can lean on God and trust Him to make miracles from the impossible. We can run the race before us with expectation and excitement, knowing that God will build testimony after testimony of His power and kindness. We can encourage one another to believe for the impossible, and to believe in God who transforms it in His grace.