possible, but not easy!,
by Dane Tyner
It is easier to go downhill than uphill; easier
to go with the flow than against the
flow; easier to talk than walk; easier to have opinions than convictions.
And it is easier to have dreams than realize them. No news here.
The Creator calls us to hard stuff. Perhaps this is
Consider two examples:
1. God wants you and me to read and/or hear His word. As difficult
as it may be to consistently devote yourself to that discipline,
it’s still the easy part. He wants us to do
that word (Jas 1:22). Wow, that is hard!
2. God has a plan for your life and mine. It’s a good plan,
designed to bless us, Him, and others (Jer 29:11). Believing in
such a blessed plan is fairly easy. Seeing that plan being fulfilled
in my life, however, has been anything
but easy. Instead of finding God’s plan “just down
the hill”, we often find it “over the hill.”
In my case, it has been over the hills
- plural! Furthermore, many of these “hills” deserve
the more definitive term “mountain.” I have had to
traverse educational hills, monetary hills, hills of discouraging
words and set-backs, hills of fear and hopelessness, hills of
being misunderstood and maligned, hills of betrayal, hills of
unanswered, perplexing questions, and the like.
I remember well a time in my college days when it seemed pointless
to continue. I could not see any way before me to attain my goal.
That goal was somewhere on the other side of Mount Overwhelming.
It seemed reasonable to quit. Why waste any more time or energy
in a fruitless pursuit? Being a generally reasonable person, I
decided to quit.
Thankfully, on the day I intended to withdraw from school, a dear
Christian man stood in my way and strongly encouraged me not to
quit. Furthermore, he encouraged me to solicit prayer from two
other men that day. I did. The result: I chose to continue my
course as long as God made a way – one day at a time. For
the rest of that semester and the next three, I moved daily in
the direction of my goal without knowing
I would ultimately reach it. But I did! I even earned another
Scripture assures us that “all things are possible with
God.” Three of the four Gospel writers quote Jesus making
that declaration on more than one occasion. It’s an important
truth to hold near your heart because life is known for presenting
seemingly impossible circumstances. If we’re serious about
following Jesus, we should prepare to meet some of these. And
we should meet them, not with shock and bewilderment, but with
an abiding determination to depend on God’s direction and
If you want to grow up as a Christian, really become more like
Jesus through your years, expect obstacles; they are par for this
course. This goal will require you to be led of the Spirit into
uncomfortable territory. That’s the nature of growth.
If you want to build a godly home and raise godly offspring, plan
on opposition – heavy opposition.
The world isn’t paving a super-highway to our destination.
Trust our Waymaker. His Way may be narrow, but it is always best.
You can find it, if you’re not expecting Broadway Boulevard.
Beloved, we can’t get where God is leading by taking the
path of least resistance. We must follow His path. Remember, it’s
a possible path, not an easy path.
Now consider this: Maybe life is difficult right now because
you’re going the right way. If so, don’t turn back;