The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Ezekiel 37:1-14
The old TV show “Mission Impossible” always began with something that couldn’t be done. It was always something like, trick an enemy agent into revealing some information. Break into a highly secure vault without being caught. Steal a file, or kidnap a person.
Those don’t really seem like impossible things, do they? In fact, over the years our idea of what is possible has changed a lot. Now we can imagine sending people to the moon and even to Mars. We can easily talk with people on the other side of the world, and even see them from a satellite in outer space.
But there are still things that seem impossible to us. Just like it seemed impossible to the Israelites that God could make them a nation again – it seems impossible to us that God could erase our past – that he could give us joy again when we have suffered a loss – that he could deliver us when we are trapped by our failures – or that he could change someone else in our world.
Sin, slavery, cancer, death, warfare, loneliness, and many more things seem inevitable to us. Not even God can, or will, change them. And yet, he can. And he does.
From where God sits it all looks different. He doesn’t see just this tiny little piece of time you call your life. He sees all his wonderful purpose for you. Can you?
Can you step outside of your narrow way of seeing, and see what God sees? Start with this, telling your Lord, “O God, you know.”
Prayer: Father Almighty, you know what is possible. Help me to trust in you, and let me see the power of your grace. Amen.