In this, graduation season, we hear lots of notable quotes. We hear things like, “the tassel is worth the hassle.” “Take the road less traveled.” We hear, “be bold, be brilliant, be you!” This graduation season, I’ve had the pleasure of attending three ceremonies, and believe it or not, the most memorable quote was spoken during my son’s fifth-grade promotion ceremony, and it didn't hurt that it was originally spoken by Clemson's head football coach, Dabo Sweeney. “It’s only unthinkable if you don't think it.”
What are you thinking? What’s your aim? Are your goals a stretch—do they reach the unthinkable realm? Are you praying for God to work in your life as you work towards your goals? In John 14:13, Jesus says, “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” What are you asking for?
In the book of John, there is a story of two sisters, Mary and Martha, who not only thought the unthinkable, they asked for the unthinkable. Their brother Lazarus was sick. The sisters sent word to Jesus, a good friend of the family, that Lazarus was ill. By the time Jesus reached the village, Lazarus had been dead and in the tomb for four days. Family and friends had come to comfort the sisters. Upon Jesus’ arrival, Martha said to Him, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:21-22) Martha thinks the unthinkable. Jesus says, “Your brother will rise again.” (John 11: 24) After four days of death, proven by the terrible odor in the tomb, Lazarus is brought back to life. “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)
Sometimes it is very easy to feel trapped by our circumstances. We allow our situation to consume us. We can’t ponder anything better our current reality. We find ourselves thinking of solutions to problems using our current means. Psalm 145:3 tells us, “The Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise! No one can fathom his greatness!” We cannot imagine just how great God is, but our hope should be in Him. When we feel trapped by our circumstances, we must pray asking Him for something better. First, though, we must think the unthinkable. If we don’t think it, we won't pray it. Don’t be afraid to think.
Be blessed this week!
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Copyright 2018 Kimberly Griffith Anderson
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