Nothing Shall Be Impossible

People who have faith have a healthy dose of skepticism when they are told that something can’t be done.

My son and I spent the morning yesterday moving furniture donated to Catholic Charities on behalf of refugees. We picked up the furniture at people’s homes, loaded it onto a moving truck, and then unloaded it at a warehouse owned by the nonprofit organization. We worked with a crew of enthusiastic volunteers with a positive attitude.

One sofa seemed impossible to remove. It simply wouldn’t fit through the door. We tried three different approaches and had no luck. Several members of the group were extraordinarily persistent, and we figured out a specific way to angle it and to lift it which worked.

I wouldn’t call that a miracle, but our prospects did look pretty bleak at first, and I do credit the optimism of several team members with getting us to the finish line.

When the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would spontaneously conceive and bear a son, she asked how that could happen. As part of his answer, he revealed to her that her cousin Elizabeth, who was too old to bear children, was six months pregnant. He concluded, “for with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Did Mary tell that story to Jesus as He was growing up? It seems likely. So it’s not surprising to find Jesus teaching the same principle as an adult:

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Matthew 17:20

With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26; see also Mark 10:27, Luke 18:27

In contrast, Laman and Lemuel wanted to give up after two failed attempts to retrieve the brass plates from Laban. Immediately after being assured by an angel, “The Lord will deliver Laban into your hands,” they asked, “How is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban into our hands? Behold, he is a mighty man, and he can command fifty, yea, even he can slay fifty; then why not us?” (1 Nephi 3:29-31). Their inaction was a result of their lack of faith. If they had questioned their own protestations, they might have mustered the will to try again.

Elder Patrick Kearon said, “Jesus specializes in the seemingly impossible. He came here to make the impossible possible” (“He Is Risen with Healing in His Wings: We Can Be More Than Conquerors,” General Conference, October 2022).

Today, I will be skeptical of the seemingly impossible. I will approach the challenges of the day with the eye of faith, believing that God can help me accomplish things that I could never do on my own.

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