Stronger than all Obstacles

Who among us hasn’t had to overcome something?

Moving to a new town, starting a new job, adjusting to life after a spinal cord injury, losing a loved one, a spouse walking out, learning you have a disease, getting fired, breaking your arm, feeling depressed, realizing you cheated on your diet again, seemingly working in vain, the first word of 2,000, being alone, estranged from a sibling, bitterness in your family, needing new shoes but needing groceries more, failing a test, a deadline, getting an impossible assignment, starting over…

Obstacles are in front of us all the time.

I read the following in “The Story of My Life,” by Helen Keller,

“My little sister will understand me now,” was a thought stronger than all obstacles.

Isn’t that beautiful?

This was spoken in the context of Helen learning how to speak. I don’t have the skill to describe the challenges for someone who can neither hear nor see to develop speech. What I can tell you, is Caedmon’s speech therapist uses mirrors, pictures, and sound extensively in teaching Caedmon, none of which would benefit Helen. She said earlier, “My work was practice, practice, practice.”

I’m challenged to discover my thought that is stronger than all obstacles. What would push me to overcome? Maybe it’s situational, like Helen’s. How many engaged ladies’ have thought of fitting into their wedding dress to overcome the temptation of Breyer’s? Maybe it’s transcendent, like John Piper’s, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

What thought will help you overcome your obstacles?


One comment

  1. “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrew 12:1-2
    Talk about the ultimate overcoming

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