Angel’s mother, Jan, is a sweet giving woman. She amazes me at her generosity. A few weeks ago, she gave us her 2-yr-old lawn tractor – gave. The only catch was that I had to get it to the house. We don’t have a trailer, and my old ’65 Ford truck isn’t operable yet (broken steering box). But, we do have a minivan. So, I went outside, walked around the minivan a little (chin in hand), and decided that it would fit. Now, my son, who was with me, disagreed. My wife thought I was just nuts saying, “how can a lawn tractor fit in our minivan?”
Richard and I drove over to Mom’s. When we pulled up, and as Mom walked out, she had a grin on her face – you know the “bless your heart” grin. In the south, “bless your heart” is akin to saying “you’re dumber than a box of rocks,” only nicer.
“It will fit – trust me!” Reluctantly Richard helped me make the attempt. It wasn’t easy. But, it fit!
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)
The verse above is part of the story about the rich young ruler, who came to Jesus hoping to be justified for the way he lived his life. He did what was “required” and nothing more. When pressed to live a life of sacrifice he folded. Those who were nearby, watching this exchange were dumbfounded. They knew they could not live up to that radical kind of sacrifice either, and they exclaimed, “who can be saved???”
The verse above was Jesus’ reply.
God says, “Trust me – what I am asking of you may not make any sense to people – but I’m involved here, so it certainly is possible.”