Take note: the impossible becomes possible with God’s help
Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 9, 2010
Edgar Guest once wrote, “Somebody said that it couldn’t be done. But, he with a chuckle replied that ‘maybe it couldn’t,’ but he would be one who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.”
His poem reminds me of a story I once heard about impossibilities. The ancient Greeks studied lung capacity and bone structure and concluded it was impossible for a human being to run a mile in less than four minutes.
For centuries, no one broke that barrier until a British runner named Roger Bannister did it in 3 minutes 59:4 seconds in Oxford, England on May 4, 1954. His record was broken a month later by John Landy, an Australian. The first American to run the mile in less than 4 minutes was Jim Ryun, who ran it in 3 minutes 51:1 seconds on July 17, 1966 in Bakersfield, California. The next summer Ryun broke his own record.
Since 1954, dozens of other athletes have run the mile in run less than four minutes. The most recent record I could find is held by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco who lowered the mile run to 3 minutes 43.13 seconds in 1999
“Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done,” writes Hannah More.
When it comes to impossibilities, we all face them at times one way or another. Sometimes there are circumstances beyond our control. An impossibility can also be an obstacle between us and our goal.
Impossibilities may be of our own making or imposed by someone else. Either way, we find ourselves with the limited ability or resources to change the circumstances or obstacles. In other words, it seems there’s nothing you and I can do about it.
The Christian facing an impossibility can go to Someone who can do the impossible. According to the Bible, impossibilities are possible with God. When the angel announced to a virgin named Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God, her reaction was, “How can this be?” The angel answered, “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
Later, a rich, young ruler asked Jesus how to be saved. After their conversation, Jesus said to those around him, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
Even Jesus while praying in Gethsemane said to His Father, “…all things are possible with thee” (Mark 14:36). There’s a Gospel song that speaks of Jesus’ impossible mile, “Yes He walked up the hill to Calvary. God was giving up His only child, And it’s there in the book for us to read, How He walked that impossible mile.”
I believe nothing is impossible with God. If that were not true, He wouldn’t be God. He specializes in things thought impossible and He can do what no other power can do. When impossibilities come, don’t say, “It can’t be done.” A quote I once read says it best, “It’s not impossible. It’s Himpossible.”