Thursday, June 17, 2010

Nothing Is Too Hard for Thee…

”Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.” Jeremiah 32:17

When I was a kid, I was taught early on in Sunday School that with God, all things are possible. I believed it too! I was never an “I can’t” person. Although this is true, like anyone growing up, I had my bouts with insecurity and self doubt. Through it all, one thing was for certain. I may not be able to do it, but God can.

In college I was a music major. This meant one thing for me. I needed to get my core curriculum out of the way so I could focus on what I really wanted to do. The last class I recall taking to satisfy core requirements was Natural Science. Natural Science could make a junior in college feel as if they really wasted their time all four years of high school, because the science was so seemingly basic. About halfway through the course, my friend Tashuna and I began to really take it seriously. Why, after coming all this way, passing all high school requirements regarding science, and having no intention (as far as we could see) to need another science class again, should we not only pass but pass with the best grade possible. We began to study early in the morning and late at night. A friend of ours gave us the perfect verse to couple with our new proclaimed tunnel vision for this class!

”Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.” Jeremiah 32:17

We began to post this verse everywhere. It was in our science book and our dorm walls too. When we took tests, we would open our small bibles up on the edge of the desks, just so we could take an occasional glimpse at “nothing is too hard for thee”. We believed God would bring to remembrance that which we did not remember. We believed God would help us succeed in a totally unrelated course, not because we had something to prove to the world, but because His Word is true. Nothing is too hard for thee! Not even Natural Science. We got all kinds of stares and remarks from classmates, but our faith and support of each other, we were not discouraged from our goal. We did pass that class with an average grade, but we worked hard and believed God for it. Maybe had we taken this “nothing is too hard for thee” attitude on earlier, we might have done even better.

Recently, I gave myself a new task. I wanted to create a literary sanctuary for our daughter. Who better to start her reading journey out than the well known literary giant Dr. Seuss. I researched how to adorn a nursery appropriately for a growing baby girl. It didn’t take me long to find a style I liked, and we decided to go with it. Aside from the paint, the furniture, the shelves and the books would be the gigantic Horton Hears a Who mural I intended to paint on the wall. I began to show my design to friends and family. The consensus response was, “Uhhhhh, why don’t you just buy some stick on stuff? Who in the world is going to draw that? Are you going to hire a muralist?” I responded, “No, I am going to do it myself.” Well, they all pretty much secretly and professingly thought it was not a good idea. Why would I draw a mural when I could just purchase one? Well, because I wanted her surroundings to reflect the love I have for her and for reading and writing. When she is big enough to ask, I will tell her, “Mommy did that for you. She wanted you to know as soon as you came home that ‘A person’s a person no matter how small.’ This is the motto from the book Horton Hears a Who. Nothing is too hard for you with Christ.”

Now that the mural is completed, so many are shocked. But I know it was the handy work of God and an overhead projector that made it all come to life. My prayer for you is that you embrace the fact that nothing is too hard for you. No class, no test, no mural shall separate you from the love of God in Christ. The power of His hand is in your hand. Many people in our lives don’t intend to be discouraging, but they are. That is why, no matter what they say, you must know the truth. And the truth will make you free… and maybe even an artist!