Lists. I love making lists. I have a list for the day, for the week, for the month and then the goals list for the year. I love writing each item down and then find joy and satisfaction in crossing off as many items as possible every day.
Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” captured my attention because Alice had a list. Her list looks different from mine, but I’m going to follow her example. In one of the final scenes of the movie, Alice is getting ready to face her opponent – the Jabberwocky in which she is to slay. To bolster herself, Alice tells the Mad Hatter that sometimes she believe six impossible things before breakfast. The Hatter then tells her this is an excellent practice.
Wow! I’m an optimist and this practice never even crossed my mind.
First Samuel 17:34 is David’s list – you know, the one who killed the giant named Goliath. His list included rescuing a sheep from the mouth of a lion and bear. When the animals turned against David, he killed them. He had quite an impressive list of conquests, so taking on Goliath wasn’t that intimidating to him. He believed that God had delivered him from the lion and the bear and would also deliver him from the giant.
Let’s take this a step further. What about Jesus? Guess what? I found a list! Jesus turned water into wine. He healed people, drove out evil spirits, raised some folks back to life, fed thousands of people with just a handful of food and then did the ultimate – died on a cross for our sins. It didn’t end there though. He went on to conquer death and rise again after three days in a grave. He sits at the right hand of God and is our most precious mediator. He paid the price for our sins – which is very high – death. He did that. What a list of impossibilities.
My list of impossibilities includes being adopted at birth instead of being aborted. Surviving a husband’s death. Learning to cope and not worry about my children’s kidney disease. Functioning well while I was a widow raising two small kids, owning a home and finishing my college education. All of which prepared me for my giant – my Jabberwocky – my blended family.
I had survived and conquered other tough life situations – this would be no different. I had the past to help me look to the future. My story is much like David’s. God had delivered me from other impossible situations and He would be there to get me through the next ones.
Make your list. You have lived long enough to have survived some things and conquered some things. Maybe before breakfast we should go over this list. I have a feeling that during this lifetime, we will be facing many more Giants and Jabberwockys.
Get ready to go forward in faith because as Joshua 1:9 says, “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Blessings in your Blending!