I’ve been thinking about the past year. It’s been a wild ride. And when I think about that wild ride, I see one definite theme – the impossible becoming possible. I can’t help but think of the Bible verse “With God all things are possible.”
A year ago this time, The Narrator and I were sitting in our Florida home, with the heavy realization that we needed to move back to Michigan to be closer to family. The timing was terrible. The economy was (still is) nasty and Michigan is the worst of the worst. The latest statistics are 15% unemployment in Michigan. Get a job in Michigan? Impossible. People told us so. Get a job in Michigan while living in Florida? Impossible. And then WHAT IF he did so happen to get a job in Michigan? Sell our house in Florida? Impossible. Lots of people told us so.
We stepped out in faith and figured if God was in this, He’d help things happen. That was December 2008. A job application went to Michigan. He heard back right away. Got the job in Michigan in January. Started in February while still living in Florida. House for sale in February, moved in with the in-laws in Michigan the end of March. House sold in September. Possible. All of it. And not because of anything we did. It wasn’t (still isn’t) easy. A lot of things didn’t happen the way I thought they would, but it still happened and was good, nonetheless.
So here I sit in early December, and the grass is still green, the sun is shining brightly, and we haven’t seen a bit of snow yet. If you know anything about Michigan – green grass, sunshine and no snow in DECEMBER, that’s impossible. Yet it happened. I see this gorgeous December weather as a blessing from God. Until we purchase a home of our own, The Narrator has a nasty, nasty 45-minute 30-mile-one-way commute through country roads that don’t get the best plowing in the county. The drive is hard enough without the snow. With God, all things are possible. And I don’t take that for granted.
So I pulled the kids around the yard in the wagon, on December 1, soaking up the last hour of sunshine for the day, and smiled at the fact that we were only wearing sweaters and sweatshirts. Thank you, God for all the impossible things of 2009.
What impossible things have been possible for you this year?
Melissa Kalogeras says
Great encouragement as we are still in the midst of the “impossible”. Are you guys looking at houses now or waiting till the spring?
Praying for you through your impossible, Melissa! We have been browsing homes online and have done a few drive bys. We’ll start walking through some after the holidays. Hope to be “home” by spring.
Lived the impossible last year after moving across the country with a house still for sale in MI. Impossible made possible by the house selling on the other side of the country and being blessed with a full time job that is just amazing (also thought an impossibility). It wasn’t us one single bit and I’m so very thankful that we did exactly what God called us to do.
Thanks for sharing how God made the impossible, possible in your lives. 🙂 Sometimes it’s very easy to forget when caught up in the daily living.
As always, a breath of fresh air and a blessing to read. Your writing makes my heart smile though we miss you guys terribly here.
Robin DeWitt-Edwards says
Loved it! Thanks for reminding us all of this grand TRUTH that we so easily forget. Love you…miss you…value you…have a merry merry Christmas!
Jean, I thought of you several times when I felt stuck in the impossible. I remembered how God had moved for you, and it was encouraging! So glad to hear things are going well for you out west!!
Susan, We miss you all terribly too. Still looking for tickets to come down!!
Robin, thank you so much! Love and miss you too – have a great Christmas with your family!