We need to remember the difference between news and truth. News comes at us to tell us what we are dealing with. Truth comes from God and then helps us process all we are dealing with. News and truth aren’t always one and the same.
My sweet friend Shaunti Feldhahn reminded me of this a few years ago. An e-mail she sent me about a difficulty I was walking through said, "Lysa, this is news. This is not truth."
What the doctor gave me was news. Honest news based on test results and medical facts. But what I have access to is a truth that transcends news. The restoration that is impossible with man's limitations is always possible for a limitless God. Truth is what factors God into the equation.
I find myself looking at the word impossible a little differently today.
Impossible, when looked at in light of Shaunti's note, could be completely different if I just stuck a little apostrophe between the first two letters. Then it becomes I'm-Possible. God is the great I AM. Therefore, he is my possibility for hope and healing.
I'm-Possible is a much more comforting way to look at anything that feels quite impossible – anything that feels like it's too much for me to handle. Instead of saying God won't give me more than I can handle, maybe I can just simply say, "God's got a handle on all I'm facing."
I suspect many of us have things in our lives that feel impossible. Maybe you just got some bad news. News of an impossible financial situation. News of an impossible job situation. News of an impossible kid situation. News of an impossible friend situation. News of an impossible medical situation.
Whatever news you just got or will get, I pray Shaunti's advice will help you too.
That is news.
And this is God's Truth:
I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
I AM FOREVER FAITHFUL"He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – He remains faithful forever." (Psalm 146:6)
I AM WITH YOU"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
I AM HOLDING YOU
"Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand." (Psalm 73:23)
I AM YOUR HIDING PLACE
"You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." (Psalm 32:7)
One of the greatest comforts to me through all this has been knowing that somehow God will use it for good. And that God will be my possible in the midst of what can sometimes feel so impossible.
Of course, I still have those less spiritually secure moments when the broken pieces seem to be piling up too high and I feel like I'm going to lose my mind. And cry. And pitch a little hissy fit.
But how thankful I am for the Great I Am. The One who will absolutely guide me in truth and teach me, the One I put my hope in all day long (Psalm 25:5). Yes, He can handle all the things I know I can't, and I trust him to take my broken and make it beautiful.
Lysa TerKeurst appears this Tuesday and Thursday on LIFE TODAY. Taken from It's Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst. Copyright ©2018 by Lysa TerKeurst. Used by permission of Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson.