Possibilities

I recently watched a documentary called 'Possibilities.' It followed Herbie Hancock as he worked with other artists to record the album aptly called 'Possibilities.' If you like jazz music I recommend it. The thing that struck me most though was something that Hancock said toward the beginning of the movie:

"I like the word 'possibilities'. As children we have that sense of 'anything is possible', we have that understanding, we're not jaded. The older we get the more opposive we get, the more frightened we get, the more set in our ways we get... because we're afraid of the unknown. As a child everything is unknown. What a beautiful place to reside in... where you still have the wonder of a child." He went on to explain that this is why he named the album possibiltiies. Because we need to be continually reminded of what we knew as children, that the unknown is a good thing, and that possibilities are everywhere.

This got me thinking about the Psalms. I always think of that book as one of the books of possibilities. There's a lot of lamenting and sorrow, but then there's also a lot of rejoicing...."You turned my wailing into dancing;you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever." Psalm 30: 11-12. 

I love how verses like this express childlike wonder; wailing into dancing, clothed with joy, my heart may sing your praises. We don't always understand why certain things are happening, or what will happen next. I think that is how it is supposed to be though. If we felt like we had everything under control we wouldn't have to rely on God. God wants us to trust Him. He wants us to have to humble ourselves and continually come to Him in prayer and reliance. He wants us to be like children, and have faith in Him despite what goes on in our lives. When we have this faith we see the world differently. Things aren't as frightening. And the unknown can even be exciting. He will provide and we will see things in a new light. As children, most of us had a blind faith in our parents- that they would provide what we needed. God wants us to have that kind of faith in Him no matter how old we get. And then, with that faith of children, He wants to show us possibilities and wonder.

Dear God, as children we understand so much about the world. As children, we spend much of our time in awe. Then we grow up, life gets in the way, and we have a tendency to lose what you love about the childlike spirit. Lord, as adults, may we have faith like children. May we trust You and rely on You. May we see all that you want us to see as possibilities. May we live in wonder of Your love and Your creation. Amen.

Amanda Jensen


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