Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. (Hebrews 11:1 NCV)
A number of years ago, our family was traveling through West Virginia. It was late at night, and my husband was driving. Our three children were fast asleep in the backseat, and our trip along the interstate had been pretty uneventful. And then we crested a small rise in the road and saw a large boulder that had fallen off the side of the mountain. It was sitting in the middle of the road, and we were hurtling toward it at 70 miles an hour. We hit it on the left side of our car but managed to stay on the road, and, thank goodness, the Lord protected us from anything worse than some frightening moments and two inconvenient flat tires. We were back on our way by the next morning.
Sometimes, as we travel through this journey we call life, we fully expect that we know where we’re going and how we’ll get there. Have you ever encountered one of those unexpected obstacles that have the potential to send you into a tailspin? Your job falls through, or an expected promotion goes to someone else. Your engagement ends, or your marriage fails. An unexpected death or illness strikes your family, or relationships shatter. A dream dies, or your life just doesn’t turn out the way you expected.
There’s an old Phil Keaggy song that goes, “ Disappointment — His appointment, / change one letter, then I see / that the thwarting of my purpose / is God’s better choice for me.” I recently thought of this song when our landlord came by and told us that his son was moving back to the area and he needed us to move out of the home we were renting.
We have a month to find another place and move out. As I begin to process this new challenge, this obstacle in my road, I realize that it is an opportunity to exercise my faith. If I’m really sure that God wants the best for me (Jeremiah 29:11), then this is my chance to prove that I believe it.
It won’t be easy. We live in a rural area, and rental homes are hard to find. Even if we were ready to buy a home in this season of our lives, could we find one and buy it in a month? It all does look pretty impossible, at least to me. But I serve the God of the impossible, who says, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27) and “I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).
Suddenly I’m thinking, “What obstacle in the road?” After all, is anything too hard for God?