The room looks like the typical little boy’s room—except for the IV pole by the bed and the green bottles of oxygen lined up like soldiers. Plastic syringes and cotton gauze crowd a shelf and signal this is not the room of an ordinary toddler.
The room is cheerful with its yellow, blue, and green walls. Stuffed toys cluster the top of the toy chest. A red dinosaur grins at me and Elmo smiles from the corner. A monkey, with doleful brown eyes, sits in the center, surrounded by bears and horses. Tractors and trucks are parked on the shelf, and a big red ball sits in the middle of the floor, begging to be bounced.
I see my grandson’s little shoes sitting atop the dresser. Sadness overwhelms me when I think that the feet in those shoes have never touched the floor. My grandson has a severe form of cerebral palsy and cannot sit, walk, stand, or talk. Some days it seems like an impossible task simply to care for him.
My eyes are drawn to the verse in flowing script on the wall above his bed: With God all things are possible. The verse comes from the words of Jesus in Matthew 19:26, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
I say the verse aloud and then try saying it with the emphasis on different words. WITH God all things are possible. With GOD all things are possible. With God ALL things are possible. With God all THINGS are possible. With God all things are POSSIBLE.
Faced with the impossibilities of this life, I realize I have no choice but to go to the throne of a God who makes all things possible.
When you are faced with impossible situations, go to the all-powerful God who can make all things possible.
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Linda Truesdell lives and writes from rural Missouri where she finds inspiration in everything from the fading sunlight slanting across her small acreage to the sight of sunflowers smiling from her garden. In 2010, her world was turned upside down when her second grandson was born barely alive, having suffered a rare intra-uterine stroke. Wyatt Christopher spent seven weeks in the NICU and was sent home with a grim prognosis that he would never talk or walk and would likely not live to see his first birthday. Today, he is six years old, attended kindergarten this year and has a smile that brightens the room. He still requires daily in-home nursing and therapy, and the challenges of taking care of him are many, but his indomitable spirit is a source of inspiration. When Linda first saw Wyatt lying in the NICU, she knew God had something special planned for him. She still believes that and collects her musings to and about Wyatt in a journal called, “Conversations with Wyatt.”