Well, God, that's just not practical.
It's just not possible.
That, God, is not how the world works.
You say those things, as if, God isn't the Creator of the world and He doesn't know how this world of ours ticks and tocks.
I find it easy to be bound to the ways and practicalities of this world because I live in it. Everyday. It takes time, faith, and trust to think outside of how things normally work to be able to see this bigger picture that He paints for me. If I'm not seeing with God's eyes then of course I cannot see why or how I am supposed to do what He has asked me to. I become limited with my own less than perfect human vision. Even if my worldly vision is 20/20, it still pales in comparison with what we can see with His perspective.
I read chapters 13 and 14 from the book of Numbers in my One Year Chronological Bible the other day. Perhaps I paid more attention than normal because the words were void of sacrificial rites, ancestry, and other parts of the Torah that I don't find particularly stimulating at this point in my life. Essentially, God has sent out twelve men to explore the land of Canaan, which He has told Moses He is going to give to the Israelites. The men go out, find that the land is plentiful, abundant in good things. However, they also find that it is currently inhabited by some very formidable groups of people that most of the twelve think are no match for their army. These men start to spread lies about the Promised Land, causing the Israelites to grumble and complain (you know, their usual state) that God should have never brought them out of Egypt. Moses and Aaron fall face down (surely interceding for these poor people) and Joshua and Jephunneh, the two men of faith out of the original twelve, respond with these words:
"'The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the LORD is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.'" Numbers 14: 6-9The fact that the inhabitants of Canaan had large, fortified cities and powerful armies with great weaponry didn't matter. Nothing that they had even begun to compare with the might of God. And yet, the Israelites become engrossed with way the world works (i.e. big man pommels little man) that they neglect to trust the God who was leading them by pillar of cloud by day and fire by night. God said something to the effect of, "This I give you, just walk this way," and somehow this translates to "God is leading us into a place we will not be able to survive! We will be crushed!" When they chose to see out of their human eyes, bound by the expectations of this world, their hearts of faith are closed off and they forget all of the times before that God had shown Himself to be more than enough.
More than enough is our God. Bigger than any circumstance. Higher than any mountain. Stronger than the gustiest wind that threatens to knock us off our feet. But we must be able to take each step knowing that He is good. Knowing that He does not abandon us. Knowing that He doesn't play by the worldly rules and that when we do, we limit His power and His presence in our lives.
Even when things don't look probable or possible, I must remember to look at my life and this world with His perspective, for He has promised that nothing is impossible with Him.
What about you? Has He told you something that seemed crazy, insane, and totally out of the realm of possibility? What did you do? What did He do?
Linking with Michelle at Graceful for Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday and with Tracy for Winsome Wednesday.