1 Samuel 2:1-10
When I was finished up with my undergrad work and thinking about a life in ministry, I told God I’d go anywhere but Southern California. My first 13 years in ministry were spent in Southern California.
When a pastor from my first assignment called and said they were a church in Southern California, I laughed. My fiancé at the time still had 1 more semester of student teaching to do and the university we attended didn’t let students just go where they wanted for their student teaching hours.
Together we created a list of obstacles that seemed to us to be “impossibilities” on making a transition to Southern California. God had other plans. While we were interviewing there, God seamlessly worked every impossibility out and a few months later we moved to Southern California. It was an amazing experience there.
The Genesis text really is laughable. In fact, God tells Abraham he is going to have a son when he is 100 and his wife is 99. That would headline news today! Yet, God orchestrated an impossibility into a reality and it changed the course of many lives in the process.
Sometimes things, relationships, situations, etc. in our lives seem impossible. Some of it is so broken that restoration is pretty much laughable. I found out when my heart was willing to go where God wanted, he paved the way. When Abraham laughed, he discovered in willingness to see God’s plan through. Some of this just doesn’t make sense!
During this advent, we can look at our relationships, situations, financial realities, etc. and laugh at the impossibility of God’s plan. Yet God extends to us and invitation by asking, “Are you willing to see what I can do?” Some of this doesn’t make sense and as Christians we are called to open ourselves to God making possible the things in our lives that are laughable.
You are loved.
Questions to Consider or Discuss as a Family
- Think about someone or something in your life that seems so far broken that you’d be honest to think it can be restored.
- Do you have a story in your life or someone else’s life where you’ve seen it restored and it just seemed impossible?
- Is a willing heart necessary to God’s plan? What does a willing heart do for us in pursuit of God’s work in us?
- Activity: Watch for laughter during your day today. Each time you see it, pray for each person laughing that the impossibilities they perceive in their lives would be met in God’s possibility.
- Prayer: God, there are so many things in our world that create feelings of impossibility. Wars, broken relationships, work strain, financial burdens, and sickness. Many have lost hope that anything can be done about it. In Christ, you turn impossibilities into restoration. Do this in our world, in our communities, in our families, and in our lives. Amen.