By Lysa TerKeurst
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV 1984)
I put my head against my bedroom wall, closed my eyes, and whispered, “There’s no way.” 10 years ago, my world collided with what seemed like an impossible invitation from God: adopt two teen boys from war-torn Liberia.
No matter how many times I whispered, “there’s no way,” this nagging sense of possibility wouldn’t leave me. It wove its way through every fiber of my being until I stood up and shifted everything I thought my family would be with one weakly whispered, “Yes.”
I can honestly say, there were moments of sheer joy where I felt reassured that I’d heard God right.
But there were many other moments where life felt chaotic, messy, and really hard. There were tears. There were times I wondered if I’d heard God wrong.
There were more times even after we adopted where I said, “There’s no way.” There was no way we could overcome a medical diagnosis one of my boys got. There was no way two teenage boys who tested at a kindergarten level could catch up in two years and be ready for middle school.
But every time I said, “there’s no way,” I’d remember Jesus calling Himself, “The way…”
He was the way. He was the one to follow. He was the one who would guide me each day. He was the one I needed to pour out my heart to in prayer. He was the one to listen to.
Can I breathe a bit of encouragement into your situation today? Let Jesus be your way. Say yes to Him. And He will shine through your “impossible.”
(Adapted from "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God Devotional" by Lysa TerKeurst © 2013 Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR 97402. Used by permission.)
Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued (as well as 14 other titles), the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, and a featured speaker at many Women of Faith 2013 Believe God Can Do Anything events. Learn more about Lysa and Women of Faith at womenoffaith.com.
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