A few nights ago, the hubby and I were snuggled together watching one of our favorite television shows, The Flash. While analyzing and discussing yet another seemingly impossible crisis he and his team of insanely smart Scientist friends were up against, superhero Barry Allen (The Flash) shrugged his shoulders and very matter-of-factly said, “Impossible is just another Tuesday for us.”
My husband and I both burst into laughter, hit the rewind button to hear his words again, and light-heartedly agreed this quote needed to become our new family motto.
Facing the seemingly impossible time and again has been our life the past decade or more. It’s been one major life-altering crisis after another. Thankfully, God has been with us through it all. Not once has He let us down.
Still, no matter how often we face the impossible, our initial response to it is always the same. Fear.
Even though God always comes through and His Word repeatedly tells us not to be afraid, our first reaction is to freak out.
I imagine each time, God probably shakes His head and says to himself, “When will these children of mine learn? Impossible is just another day for me!”
History proves there’s a formula in how my husband and I cope through our impossible. Here’s what it generally looks like:
Step 1: Freak out.
Step 2: Grab hands. Pray. Seek God’s wisdom.
Step 3: Keep living in a state of joyfulness.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
I don’t think I need to elaborate on the first step. We’re all pretty good at freaking out when life falls apart. So good, in fact, we should actually just skip this step altogether. It’s unnecessary, and often accompanies very destructive emotion.
Even step two isn’t too difficult, as long as you and your husband are both believers. This step is when you should grab hands and pray together. It’s also a great idea to search the Bible for God’s promises woven all throughout scripture. My personal go-to favorite is Psalm 91.
Step three is the more challenging part – keep living in a state of joyfulness.
Joy comes only from our relationship with Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. It comes through trusting Him in good times and in bad. It blossoms when we put our faith into action.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
A Few Ways You Can Put Your Faith and Joy Into Action
Keep on Keeping On
Get on with life. Run your errands. Hug your kids. Get naked with your spouse. Meet up with friends. Exercise. Do something you love. Have fun. Smile. Encourage your man to do the same.
God’s will is for both of you to be filled with abundant joy. Don’t sit around and obsess over your problems all day. Live life!
Do Something Meaningful
One of the best ways to feel joyful during our hardships is by serving others. Not only does it help us keep our own situation in perspective but it’s therapeutic and feels good to bless someone else.
This is a good time to volunteer as a couple to serve in some capacity at church, or bless a single mom with a warm meal and some handyman work around her home. You could even start a blog together and write about a subject you feel would help or encourage your readers.
Laughter is the best medicine. It releases pent up stress and it’s contagious, so if you start a good belly-laugh, your husband is sure to follow.
Go out for a date to a comedy club. Watch a funny movie together. Or let yourself laugh during those sweetly hilarious moments only known to you and your husband.
Remember, impossible is just another day for God.
He’s bigger than whatever it is you’re up against. He doesn’t want you to be afraid. He wants you to live joyfully, despite the impossible – because it’s not impossible for Him!
~Live life with faith-filled purpose and passion,