One of the movies that I enjoy and have watched more than once, is The Last Holiday with Queen Latifah. In it, she has a private scrapbook, entitled "Possibilities." It is her very own vision board, where she tucks away pictures of things that she would love to see happen. I love that she did not entitle it "Dreams." By calling it "Possibilities" she takes a step toward acknowledging that these things are "capable of existing, happening, being done or being proven true" (dictionary definition).
I have been thinking a lot about possibilities lately. When circumstances do not unfold the way we would like them to, it's easy to lose sight of what is possible. A recent turn in events in our life, almost prompted me to throw away a little list I was making of things I would love to see happen in the next five months. A conversation with a friend Thursday night and a passage of Scripture that I read this morning (referred to in worship at church last night), however, encouraged me to keep the list. Let me elaborate a little bit.
My friend''s husband recently lost his job. She was talking about the possibility of downsizing, getting rid of things, and perhaps moving to a smaller house. She had seen one that interested her because it was so close to the school that her grandson attends. Though they are not at the point yet to sell and move, she drove him by the house that is for sale. He said, "Grandma, this is UGLY!" It confirmed what she already knew but her response to him was wisely, "Oh, but it has so much possibility!" That was the golden word… the word I had mulled over in my mind these last couple weeks. She took a less than ideal situation and continues to choose to see 'possibilities.' I examined my own life and situation. I'm so prone to lose hope in the ugly circumstances of life. It made me take stock in the situation with new eyes. What things look ugly that carry with them possibilities? Possibilities to change… possibilities to improve… possibilities yet unseen until we apply fresh coats of paint or a bit of rearranging.
Four people spoke last night at our church about change. It was an excellent message. Changes bring about new possibilities, just as new possibilities can bring about change. The part I loved, however,was actually during the worship when our Youth Pastor talked about how God offers us this "Great Exchange." He is willing to take the ashes of our life and give us beauty. He will exchange the oil of joy for our mourning. He will give us the garment of praise and take our spirit of heaviness. Instead of our shame, we shall have double honor, and instead of confusion we can rejoice in our portion. Who would pass up such a trade? Not me. The possibilities become probabilities when put in His hands!
So, I go back to my list of possibilities and decide not to discard it. Just because circumstances are not what I had planned on, doesn't mean I can't still pursue some of the old possibilities such as writing, a sweet reunion in August, seeing Max Lucado in Topeka in October, or being a part of an awesome conference in October. A new set of circumstances also forces me to be open to new possibilities. The landscape has changed. What new doors will be open? What things will now be possible that I have not yet thought of? Only time will tell. The clincher in that set of verses that I wrote about from Isaiah 61 (the great exchange) is that the end result would be that we would be called trees of rightousness, the planting of the Lord, that HE may be glorified. Whatever the rest of this year may bring, that is my prayer. That I would be planted and He would be glorified.
Choosing to See Possibilities With You,