We are attracted by things seemingly impossible. Several years ago, Mat Franco won America’s Got Talent and now he has a standing show in Las Vegas. My husband and I went to see his show and it is mind blowing. He’s an illusionist who has mastered the art of the impossible.
I cannot for the life of me figure out how he does what he does and I’m totally drawn in. I’ve gone to his show three times to try and see the possible behind the impossible. I don’t believe in magic, I know it’s a sleight of hand…but he is good. He makes you want to believe in the impossible. The impossible grabs our attention, it attracts us, it draws us in, it captures our wonder, our amazement…and our doubt.
Why are we so attracted by the impossible? What is it about the “magic” that fills us with wonder, that so captivates our attention, that keeps us coming back for more? Is it the possibility that this could happen to me? Is it the anticipation of potential behind a life change? Is it the adrenaline rush that comes from living beyond ourselves?
John 6:2 says the crowds of people that were surrounding Jesus were attracted by his miracles and the healings they watched him perform.
In this chapter, we see Jesus perform the impossible. Make no mistake about this, Jesus did not do illusions or magic. There was no sleight of hand or trickery to what Jesus was able to do. He performed miracles. The chapter begins with Jesus multiplying the 5 loaves and 2 fish and feeding over 5000 people. Then John goes on to talk about how Jesus walks on the water to come out to the disciples who are in a boat in the middle of a raging storm. Then the story is told of how Jesus challenges the people with the idea that they can have a living bread that will never spoil, a bread that you can eat and never die. The impossible. And the multitudes were drawn in. They wanted to see more, hear more, experience more.
Then the multitudes reply to Jesus in vs. 30, then show us a miracle so we can see it and then we’ll believe in you. Show me the impossible and I’ll follow you. They are in essence saying Prove it first. They were wanting to put the miracle before the faith. But Jesus flips the switch and says that faith must come first. He says, “Come every day to me and you will never be hungry.” Put your faith first. Come to me expecting….and you will be full. Not see the miracle and then come.
Come and see the impossible means we have to step out in faith and come…then see. I so often want the miracle, want the impossible, without the faith. Give me the miracle and then I’ll believe. It’s easier that way, it requires less of me, I can do it if I know how it will end. And then I have a moment like this past week, and I’m reminded again that I am called to Come…and then See.
This concept has been driven home to me in my job at Refuge for Women. This past week I did an exercise with the women called Circles of Perspective. A dear friend of mine introduced me to this activity several years ago and I have used it with college freshmen, student leaders, staff development workshops, etc a dozen times over. The exercise gets to the heart of the life experiences that shape the way we see the world. It begins by answering the question, “what are the things you’ve experienced that have shaped the way you see the world?” And we make a list. Every time I have done this activity, these things always end up on the board – family, finances, friends, illness, education, birth order, gender, jobs, etc. But this time, after the board was filled with the things we always list, one of the Refuge women said – “rape”, then another “multiple abuse”, and another “kidnapping” and it kept going, “addiction, captivity, beatings, sold for sex, drug induced performance, abandonment”, etc.
The reality of the life the women came from was laid out raw before us. Yet, they chose to come to the Refuge. In spite of where their lives were and all that they have had done to them, they had the faith to seek out healing, to come to the One who would make them whole. To step into the impossible. To come and see.
Yesterday was a Refuge for Women graduation where two of these ladies stepped into a whole new world. They shared their reflections of what they have experienced while in our program and over and over this is what was said, “my life is a miracle.” They didn’t see the miracle nine months ago, but they came anyway. And now, after an encounter with Jesus, their lives have been made whole, they have been transformed and they are walking out their miracle. Come and See the impossible…come and see the miracle.
The book of John shows us so many encounters of Jesus where people were invited to step into the impossible, to have the faith to believe. I have been reminded once again that this invitation is for me as well, and it is for you. What is Jesus asking you to step into? What is on the other side of that step? Won’t you take that step, and come and see?
Robin Smith has a passion for equipping people to see their strengths and to lead with their unique God given gifts. She has spent the last 15 years in higher education, focusing on developing student leaders and equipping students with the skills they need to be successful in the pursuit of their education and careers.
Robin has recently transitioned out of higher education to pursue her heart’s passion to help equip women coming out of trafficking as the Program Director at Refuge for Women Las Vegas. Robin serves on the Ignite Life board, volunteers with Refresher for Women and Refresher Girls and teaches the evening class of Speaker's Workshop. She loves to teach the word of God and empower people to live victoriously on their journey with Jesus.
Robin and her husband Homer have been married for 31 years. They enjoy God’s creation by hiking, walking, or simply enjoying the sun with a good book. They have two children, Jenna and Ryne, three grandchildren, Alex, Dylan and Vincent and 1 cat - Cedar.