Against All Odds

My life journal musings today….

Scripture:  “As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed – the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.  (Romans 4:17)

Observation:  Abraham encountered the miracles of God because he believed that God is faithful. He followed what he could not understand. He accepted what was beyond human capability. Even when he would sometimes doubt, he kept going foward because he knew God is faithful.  He was “fully pursaded” (4:21) that God would do what God promised.

Aunt Cozi, Ouida and Nan ready for the the 7-leg zip line in the Alaskan rainforest. A mere 150 feet up in the air adventure. Amazing ladies!

Application:  When God nudged Abraham to do something, he did it. Most of it seemed ridiculous or impossible. He acted anyway.  Because of that – things unfolded that changed the world.  It started in his family and grew to “all nations”.   A few months ago my Aunt Cozi posted on Facebook an invitation for any of the family to join her for an Alaskan cruise. She had decided to go on this adventure in celebation of her birthday.  She felt “nudged” to invite the family to join her.  When I read it, I said to myself, “impossible” and never thought another moment about it.  Over the next many weeks different family members began to book the cruise…oh my goodness…the Lesters (my mom’s family) are going to Alaska!  We are scattered across the country…there are over 100 of us now.  In the end, 15 of us ended up on a ship bound for Alaska. My sister and I were on board.  Something that was impossible happened because Aunt Cozi acted on a nudge.

Aunt Cozi with two of my cousins who live in Alaska (Kevin & Sean), one who lives in Colorado (Angela) and my incredible sister! We are standing in front of the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. A lot of "impossibles" are in this picture!

Conversations were shared, memories were made, relationships were blessed and we expereienced God’s grace in a new way….a way that forever changes our lives.

Doris from the Volunteers in Mission (VIM) office in Guatemala; Pastors Juan Pablo and Mario

Just a few weeks ago I got a nudge. Guatemala…return.  But I went with the team…I did my part…how could I imagine a return?  I could not ignore the nudge, and so, like Abraham, I trusted God more than I did all the reasons why it could not happen, and I shared the nudge with someone else and asked for prayer. Doors began to open. God was making a way for the impossible. I packed my bags and returned.  What I encountered was God’s grace in a miracle that changed my life forever.  It is not a miracle that belongs to me, it is something God is doing – much more than my eyes can see or my heart can comprehend.  Ezekial is in deaf school;  Bibles are in the hands of people hungry to discover God’s love; Friendships are established for collaboration and peace in the time ahead. Dreams were spoken out loud.

When have you experienced the impossible or the “what can not be” to just happen anyway?

Prayer:  Gracious God, I thank you.  You are amazing.  You do set things into being that are impossible in human terms.  You nudge us and involve us in your miracles on earth.  Please help us all to have the courage and faith to act when you nudge us…however subtle or obvious.  Open our eyes to the many ways you are speaking.  Let us be faithful like Abraham, let us be obedient like Christ.

One thought on “Against All Odds

  • in the pic of Sean and Kevin with you, Cozi, Ange and Liz … Kev looks very much like Bill in the pic taken of him the night he was going to a dance with Kim…. very much.

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