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When the Impossible Happens

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~~ Mark 9:23 (ESV) ~~  And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”



by Carley Cooper



There’s a song by country music singer, Joe Nichols, called The Impossible.  It’s been going through my mind today.  The lyrics remind me of how I’m feeling about some circumstances in my life right now.



My dad chased monsters from the dark,
He checked underneath my bed.
An' he could lift me with one arm,
Way up over top his head.
He could loosen rusty bolts
With a quick turn of his wrench.
He pulled splinters from his hand,
And never even flinched.
In thirteen years I'd never seen him cry,
But the day that grandpa died, I realized:

Unsinkable ships sink.
Unbreakable walls break.
Sometimes the things you think would never happen,
Happen just like that.
Unbendable steel bends.
If the fury of the wind is unstoppable,
I've learned to never underestimate,
The impossible

An' then there was my junior year,
Billy had a brand new car.
It was late, the road was wet,
I guess the curve was just too sharp.
I walked away without a scratch.
They brought the helicopter in.
Billy couldn't feel his legs.
They said he'd never walk again.
But Billy said he would an' his mom and daddy prayed,
An' the day we graduated, he stood up to say:

Unsinkable ships sink.
Unbreakable walls break.
Sometimes the things you think would never happen,
Happen just like that.
Unbendable steel bends.
If the fury of the wind is unstoppable,
I've learned to never underestimate,
The impossible

So don't tell me that it's over.
Don't give up on you and me.
'Cause there's no such thing as hopeless,
If you believe:

Unsinkable ships sink.
Unbreakable walls break.
Sometimes the things you think would never happen,
Happen just like that.
Unbendable steel bends.
If the fury of the wind is unstoppable,
I've learned to never underestimate,
The impossible

I’m tempted to ask you if you have ever felt like you’ve been in an impossible situation.  However, I know I don’t have to ask you that.  I know you have; because we all have at some point in our lives.  Life seems to have a way of backing us into a corner leaving us to feel like there is no way out.  There’s no solution possible to the problem. 

Right now I’m feeling very hurt, angry and even betrayed by someone I love dearly.  I don’t claim to be innocent in the situation.  Just the opposite; I blame myself for everything.  It’s left me completely disoriented, confused and grieving in the worst way.  I see that a friendship that I knew for sure was completely solid and immovable, no longer is.  It’s left me wondering if it ever was solid; was it ever real in the first place?  Was I misleading myself this whole time?  What else or who else in my life am I deceiving myself about?  I opened myself up to this person and left myself in a completely vulnerable state trusting this person totally, and it backfired on me.  I was rejected because of my brokenness.  Then, to cloud the issue even more for me I found out that confidences were broken; and my most broken parts have been shared with someone who was not invited into the situation.  Nothing looks clear to me anymore.  I am not sure who or what I can trust.  I knew with absolute certainty that this friendship was real and solid.  I counted and depended on it.  I was wrong.  At the moment, I no longer trust my own judgment on anything.  It’s left me feeling like I can’t trust that the sky is indeed blue or that the grass is in fact green; let alone who is telling me the truth.  Of course all this, in itself, causes even more emotional turmoil through a truck load of guilt, because I keep thinking that others have problems so much worse than mine.  I should just let it go and forget my feelings.

There was another situation once where I knew something was impossible.  I knew with absolute certainty that God would never keep me separated from my dog, Casey.  I knew that I would be able to bring Casey home to live with me where he belongs once my living situation was settled.  I made very important life decisions based on the fact that Casey is definitely coming home.  If I thought for one instant that he wasn’t I certainly would not have chosen the options I did.  I was trusting God; keeping my faith in Him without any weakness in it.  I wasn’t budging an inch in my faith!  Except it didn’t happen.  Even though I had medical support that I need him and my lawyer said that the law is on my side, Casey can’t come home now even if the circumstances changed; because it’s in his best interest to stay where he is.  He’s blind now and his last sighted place is at my friends house; which was meant to be a temporary solution until I could put myself in a position to bring him home.  Not only that but her dog, Snowy, has succumbed to her instincts to become Casey’s new eyes.  Little Snowy guides Casey around the back yard, the house, and keeps him from wandering onto the road.  Whether I like it or not now, Casey needs them more than me.  Casey’s needs have to come before mine.  He is staying where he is.  I love him enough for that.     

Another time when I underestimated the impossible was many years ago when I dated a guy, that I’ll call, Brian (not his real name).  We dated for about six months.  I was so head-over-heels in love with this guy.  He felt the same about me.  He treated me like a queen.  One day we were downtown and stopped at a hotdog vendor where he bought a jumbo hotdog for us to share together.  I mean, literally, together.  He was eating from one end while I was eating from the other end.  We giggled our way through it the way we giggled our way through everything we did together.  When we got to the center we ended with a kiss. 

A couple of girls walked by as we were eating and saw us.  One said to the other “See, that’s what being in love is all about.  That’s what I want.” 

It made me feel good.  Brian and I looked at each other smiling, but didn’t say anything.  We didn’t have to.  We knew what she meant, because we felt it.  It wasn’t long after, that he ended the relationship.  I was so in love with this man.  It was so real to me; more than anyone else that I had been with.  This was the same guy that took me on a grocery shopping date.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Grocery shopping date, and I could not have had more fun at anything if I tried.  I had a blast!  How could something that real, be fake?  Yet it ended, so therefore I know it wasn’t real and never was. 

Thinking about the impossible being possible; at this time in the year, I can’t help but think about the impossible feat that Jesus accomplished for us at Easter.  He willingly put Himself through punishment, humiliation,  suffering, sacrifice, betrayal, and much more that we are not even capable of imagining.  He died, fought death and came back to life again after three days.  He went through all this because He loves each one of us that much.  If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now I would not make the same decisions that I have made so far.  I would choose very differently.  I would not open up so much to someone that I thought was a friend.  I would not let my living situation be such that Casey couldn’t come home; even if I knew about his future blindness.  I would alter my course to avoid going through these pains.  But Jesus is eternal.  He’s outside of time.  He knew what was going to happen.  He already knew that we would sin against Him and we would need to be saved; yet He did went through all that pain and suffering for us anyway.  He loves us that much.

All these events in my life leave me with the same questions; How could my judgement have been so off?  If my judgment is that off on something that important, then how can I know that anything around me or anyone I interact with is real or trustworthy?  Where does it end?  Where do the boundaries start and stop with trust?  I honestly don’t know.  My vision has been clouded with much pain; and is made even more so through the filter of Bipolar Disorder and the medication cocktail that goes along with that.  The only thing I know for sure that I can trust is Jesus.  I will sit and wait for His direction; even then, I may have to ask Him to confirm and reconfirm His instructions to me.  I will have to pay extra close attention to every detail for a while to make sure I know when He’s directing me; to make sure that it’s not the enemy taking advantage of my vulnerability to lead me astray.  It is overwhelmingly difficult to concentrate and focus, but when nothing else looks clear; when I don’t know what is real and what isn’t around me, I know that I have to focus on Jesus.  I know that He is real and as long as I focus on Him nothing is impossible.


Joe Nichols – The Impossible




~~ Dear God ~~  Thank You for the impossible feat that You accomplished through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus on the cross for us.  Thank You for never giving up on me, even in spite of my brokenness.  Please help me to clearly see Your direction in my life; to clearly see the enemies attempts at misdirection, and open my heart to true forgiveness of those who have hurt me.  Especially, help me to forgive myself as well, Lord, so that my heart is completely free to focus on You.  ~In Jesus name, AMEN.


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33 comments :

  1. Always remember that nothing is impossible for God.

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    1. Thanks Sara. God is amazing to say the least. My pastor says all the time that God does not waste anything. So whatever is to happen in my situation even though I've been hurt, I know that God will use it for His glory. AMEN! Thanks for reading and thanks so much for the feedback. I really appreciate it. HUGS

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    2. God most definitely is amazing! Just when you think you know everything, He teaches you something else. Everything that happens in life, happens for a reason. And yes, life isn't easy at times but God doesn't give us things that we can't handle. We grow from all of these events that we go through and learn from them. You never know who you may be able to help in the future.

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    3. My most rewarding times is finding out that I've helped someone in some way; especially when it comes to my writing. One day everything will all make sense. Thanks for the support and encouragement. Blessings to you and your family during this Easter. HUGS.

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    1. You are so very welcome. Blessings to you at this Easter season. HUGS.

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  3. Saw your post in CCW. It encouraged me. Have a Happy Easter weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my page and for the great feedback on my blog post. I'm very happy that it encouraged you. Knowing that is a blessing to me. Blessings to you and yours during this Easter season. HUGS.

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  4. Sitting here reading your post made me want to do two things: 1 hug ya to let you know things will be alright, and 2 I began to think of all the really bad hurts that were caused by "impossible feelings" the love I thought would last forever, the loyalty of a beloved pet, the hurt of broken trust. Then I read the AMAZING life Jesus led for us - for me. All the hurt, pain, sadness,and death it makes me stop and think and thank Him. Because even though He Knew he would be going thru this pain for me because he loved he he did it any way. ( isnt there a country song like that - do it any way- oh yea Dance). Jesus did it to show his unmeasurable love for us because he wanted to be close to us that much. Thank you Jesus.

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    1. AMEN. Very well put! Between hurt from impossible situations happening, Bipolar Disorder, and horrible havoc in my medication situation; the last 2 months have been... well, crazy... literally! But I don't ever give up. I have big faith... which is reinforced by a stubborn streak that you just couldn't believe. LOL HUGS!

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  5. Unfortunately,we cannot control what others do.
    I hope you get over this pain and learn to trust again.
    What i got from the dog story- you might not have him,but God made sure he is at a good place. I mean-what are the chances of your friend having a dog that takes care of the blind one?
    That is amazing!
    Happy Easter! Have a great day!
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much for the support. I will bounce back. I always do. Besides I have Jesus on my side taking care of me.
      The doggie thing... yea, that's pretty cool for sure. I had two dogs actually. One was just a young one, about a year old. God took care of him too & sent him to a great home. That whole story of how it happened led to connections and other events that have helped change my life in ways I never would have dreamed. God does indeed work in wondrous and mysterious ways.
      Blessings to you and your family during this Easter. HUGS.

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  6. All I can say is that when a friendship ends or a love ends, that doesn't mean it wasn't real, just that it was only for a time. We may not understand now, but I think in Heaven, if it is important for us to know, then we will know.

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    1. Thank you Nellie so very much for the encouragement. I know I have to try to see it that way when people are no longer part of my life. It's hard to see through a wall of pain while you're in the midst of it, but I know you're so right. Blessings to you during this Easter. HUGS.

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  7. I want everyone to know this blog is sooooooo awesome along with the song and the meaning of it ! PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ AND LISTEN TO THIS PAGE IT IS WELL WORTH YOUR TIME ! GOD BLESS YOU MY FRIEND FOR SHARING THIS WITH US ! GOD IS USING YOU WELL
    Awesome Great Hug

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    1. Wow. Thank you so very much! That kind of praise is certainly a blessing. It makes everything worth it to know I've blessed someone in return that way. Again, thanks. Blessings to you and your family this Easter weekend. HUGS.

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  8. Nothing happens without a purpose . God is tying to correct us or teach us something.

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    1. Thank you so very much for the encouragement. Blessings to you and your family this Easter weekend. HUGS.

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    2. God loves you more then you now.Ask the Holy Ghost to lead and guide you Ask the Holy spirit to be with you at all times I to have depression And come from a bad childhood.It toke time put God healed me He can heal you to.

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    3. It's hard to see through the filter of mental illness and a medication cocktail; but I know God is working in me. I am able to live an independent life now. That wasn't always possible. Not only that but since then I went about 4 years without meds. I did have to go back on them when my stress load turned into something massive due to some very bad circumstances. However, I know that the time will come soon when I no longer need meds again. I have strong faith about that. Thanks for the encouragement and support. Blessings to you and your family this Easter weekend. Hugs.

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  9. I love the words to this song... Thank you Carley!

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    1. You're so welcome Ray. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Blessings to you and your family during this Easter weekend. HUGS.

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  10. Your last 2 sentences say it all:
    I know that I have to focus on Jesus.
    I know that He is real and as long as I focus on Him nothing is impossible.

    It applies to all of us

    Have a BLESSED Easter !


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    1. Ya

      Always get comfort from your posts

      Hugs Hugs

      Have a BLESSED Easter

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    2. Thank you soooo much for the wonderful support and encouragement. You are a blessing to me too. I hope you have a very blessed Easter weekend. HUGS.

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  11. Thank you for the insight

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    1. Thank you for reading, and thanks for the feedback. Blessings to you. HUGS.

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  12. Been there, felt that. Even without the bipolar issue in the mix, betrayal is hard. Stay strong, Carley. Continue to trust in Jesus.

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    1. Thanks for the support RTWALLIS . I hope you have a blessed week. Hugs.

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  13. TLOVESC1125April 09, 2012

    I will keep you in my prayers. And I love that song.

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    1. Thanks for the support TLOVESC1125 . I hope you have a blessed week. Hugs.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this blog. It was so touching. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs

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    1. Thank you so very much for the support and the prayers. Blessings to you. HUGS.

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