By Brooke Kireta
I am a movie fan. I love, love, love to go to the movies. I don't even mind going by myself, which my family thinks is very weird. But honestly, it is one of the few places it actually makes sense to go alone. You aren't interacting with anyone - you are supposed to not talk - it's one of the rules. No talking. That's really easy to do when you are by yourself.
I also don't mind seeing a movie more than once. So if I think the movie is good, I can go back with family members that didn't see the movie the first time around.
Today was one of my repeat days. My son and I went to see Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. While I have already said I am a fan of movies, I am a super fan of action movies like this one. Not too violent, not too heavy as far as subject material, and according to some people...not too realistic.
Not too realistic…I hear this complaint about movies a good bit. I have several issues with this comment, but today it especially hit me.
I mean for goodness sake, the name of the movie is Mission IMPOSSIBLE! Emphasis on the impossible if you didn't catch that. Would you pay money to go see Mission Realistic? Or Mission Quite Possible?
The problem moves far beyond the movies though to a place where it hits me where I live.
I want to see the impossible. In fact, I will pay money to see it twice. There is a place in my heart that longs to know the impossible can happen - that I don't have to settle for realistic or everyday.
I serve the God of impossibilities, but most days I forget. I have prayed some prayers for years without seeing answers, but instead of asking Him to increase my faith, I lower my expectations.
Instead of calling for my experience to line up with His Word and His promises, I look for "realistic" answers. I allow my experience to lower His Word to a place I can explain and understand.
But God is longing to be known as the Mission Impossible God. He says, “Call to me and I will answer you. And I will show you great and wonderful things which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3, NLV).
Let's invite Him into the impossibilities of our lives.
Could you really love yourself just the way you are? He says you can.
Let's believe together that He can set you free from the self-hatred you have carried since childhood.
How about the impossible task of parenting without constant anxiety over your or your child’s mistakes? He wants you to be so secure in Him you have no fear of the future - no matter how big the mistakes.
What about the impossibility of being free from addictions - even though the 12 step program hasn't worked so far, nor has the countless rehab facilities (except put you in contact with better suppliers), and counseling has done nothing. Today we can believe He can do for you what no one else can.
Or the impossibility of keeping your marriage together, or restoring one that's already broken apart?
The impossibility of breaking free from generational bondage that has followed your family line for eons?
The impossibility of lost children finding Jesus? The impossibility of breaking free from the cycle of poverty? Or maybe just the impossibility of paying your bills this week?
In our places of deepest pain and despair, we will have a revelation of our Mission Impossible God.
Verse of the Week:
Call to Me, and I will answer you. And I will show you great and wonderful things which you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3, NLV)
Father God, the God of Impossibilities, You are our God. We are in awe that we know You - the Creator of the heavens and earth. The Author of all life. Forgive us for the times when we forget just how amazing You are, just how powerful You are, and just how much You love us. This week, Father, give us eyes to see You for who You really are. Erase our misconceptions of You. Help us to believe, especially in the areas we have lost hope. Let us say like the man in Mark 9:24, “I do believe; help me overcome my disbelief!” And You, the faithful God, the everlasting Father, the God of the Impossibilities, will answer our cry to do the impossible. Start with us. Start with our hearts. Help us to believe. We love you! Amen.