mission.impossible

The image is "photoshopped" but the story is true!

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?”

Richardย  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.”

13 thoughts on “mission.impossible”

  1. It has always struck me too that this story of the rich young ruler is about identity. Obviously, he identified with money and position. That ultimately meant more than a life devoted to Jesus. Jesus offered him a new identity, but all he could see was the sacrifice not the freedom. I know I’ve been guilty. I’m so glad though that nothing is impossible with Him. The sacrifice is nothing compared to what we gain.

    Thanks Herb. Also, I need a story where I can be a hero like you. You could detail this account and turn it into a book, Against All Odds: the Story of a Pastor and His Tractor. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. hahaha – yeah – I rarely get to be the hero around here, so I have to celebrate it when it happens!

      “The sacrifice is nothing compared to what we gain” //~~~~> PREACH IT!

  2. Herb,

    Your sweet mother-in-law is giving to a fault and so worthy of love and adoration. I will disagree this one time and say that Jan is a TRUE SELFLESS HERO.

  3. I have to admit that I would have been skeptical too Herb. Even now as I stare that picture I am thinking, “No way!” part of me wants to think it is an illusion or Photoshop. But I will trust you. Only wish i could have seen the faces of the people as they passed you. To the point of the post: I think Mary can echo those words as well. In fact, the angel told her those exact words. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. haha – the image is a photoshop I whipped up this morning – but the story is absolutely true! In reality, the tractor fit all the way in the van, long ways (not cross-ways like the picture shows) and we even shut the gate ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I need to pick up two Bathtubs at the hardware store… can I borrow that van? Otherwise I might need a trailer!

    I am in constant amazement of what God can accomplish through His people.

  5. I know this is a serious post but I can’t stop laughing! Didn’t you leave something out here? Didn’t you first stand on some promises? You know better than me. Aren’t there some where it says: I will be with you when you have to transport a tractor in a van? I want that book by the way with the original picture. Signed too.

    On the serious part: It just makes clear to me that God is God and I’m me. I can’t do it without him.

    1. haha – it happened just as I said – except I left out how many times they told me it could not be done ๐Ÿ™‚

      and, yes – we can’t do it without Him – thanks, Ani.

  6. God says, โ€œTrust me โ€“ what I am asking of you may not make any sense to people โ€“ but Iโ€™m involved here, so it certainly is possible.โ€

    I have had to be reminded of this truth many many times over the last while. Thanks for another reminder. ๐Ÿ™‚

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