Some things are unexplainable, they look crooked and difficult, and seem impossible.
As a baby, my son screamed if a man he did not know tried to hold him besides his father, grandfathers, or close family friends.
As a toddler he balled and balled and never wanted his mama to leave him in the church nursery without her, or he would cry so hard anything in him would come out.
As a little boy he did not talk and play with the other kids at pre-school, yet at home he was perfectly talkative, playful, witty, smart, and “normal”.
At kindergarten, he did not speak a word to his teacher or the students in his class even though he wanted to.
Childhood social anxiety is real and the results can be devastating.
I didn’t even know this was a “thing” without trauma taking place in one’s life and yet here we were watching our son struggle. This is not only hard on them, it’s not easy for parents to experience.
God loves transforming and multiplying the seeds of our future that look unreasonable to the human mind and cause them to bear fruit that no one can fathom the power of – except God.
God Can use the improbable and impossible seeds of our lives!
“It was by faith that Sarah with Abraham was able to have a child, even though they were too old and Sarah was barren” (Hebrew 11:11).
It’s like God says it’s okay if the worst of the worst odds stack up against you.
You are too old and barren. Not an issue.
Your son experiences extreme social anxiety in certain social situations. Not a problem.
I can take improbable and impossible, and if you believe, all things are possible!
“Abraham believed that God would keep his promise” (Hebrews 11:11).
This is the key, Abraham BELIEVED.
We believed our son would somehow overcome the challenges he was facing even when we did not have answers.
No matter what Abraham heard or saw; the fact that both he and Sarah laughed at God at different times; and made huge mistakes. When years upon years passed and the promise had not come. Abraham continued to make a conscience choice to believe.
When my 3rd grader lay on the school sidewalk refusing to go inside, due to anxiety, early one morning. Even when I felt inadequate as his mama. Somehow I believed God was working it out. He was my hope and strength and the reason I believed. And yes, my son did go to school that day, but it was a rough day.
“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1).
All of this. All the life you and I have lived, seen, participated in, or whatever has happened or is happening now. God takes it all, if we let him, and it’s like He can’t wait to show off what He can do with our impossibilities.
He can take every disappointment and all our broken pieces and create a future for us that is not dependent on our timetable, our biological clock, our incapabilities or what the world says should or should not be.
“And so a whole nation came from this one man, who was too old to have any children—a nation with so many people that, like the stars of the sky and sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.” Hebrews 11:11-12
And so . . . This is what God can do. His miracles are greater than our ability to comprehend what he is doing or why we are in the situations we are in.
The question is will we trust Him with our broken pieces?
Will we believe when so much time has passed and nothing has changed?
Will we keep our eyes on Him and let Him rewrite our future and the motivations of our hearts?
If we have regrets, disappointments, fears, and loss—God is a redeemer.
Will we be more convinced of His faithfulness than the messes we are in.
My son is going to college. He is smart, funny, handsome and he looks people in the eye, shakes their hand, and answers their questions. He has friends. He struggles with anxiety at times, and maybe we all do to a certain degree, but he has learned to push through.
Is he perfect? No.
Does anxiety ever hold him back? Yes.
And then he gets back up again, learns from life’s failures and feedback and moves forward. God’s hand is on him. I know this because I believe!
This Mama’s prayers are being heard.
Your prayers are being heard too.
Our futures are in God’s hands and He has good plans for us and those that we love.
Will we believe?
“And so a whole nation came from this one man, who was too old to have any children” (Hebrews 11:11).
It can happen. It is happening. God is working and sometimes we just need to remind ourselves, and each other, of this very thing, even if we have to say it out loud a million times over until we believe it!
God Can use the improbable and impossible seeds of our lives! Yes He can.
Oh, and by the way, if you meet my son in real life, don’t mention you read this. He might be eighteen and in college at the time of this writing, but this is not something he wants to know that you know. If you have teenagers you understand!
Just be convinced of this: God is greater than whatever you are facing and know that the impossible is possible with God.
Believing with you! Cheering you on!
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