I remember the first time I held a fire hose. I felt like I was a super hero. All of those years of spraying my brother and sister with the garden hose were just practice leading up to my Firefighter 101 training. I was born for this moment! Two seconds later… I was sitting on the ground, confused. I knew how to open a fire nozzle, but not how to open it SLOWLY. I forgot that fire hoses can flow hundreds of gallons of water per minute. You very seldom need to go straight to a full stream. First, you allow about the same pressure you would on a garden hose, then you adjust the sprayer, then you increase the pressure until you can hit where you're aiming. That's how you're supposed to do it.
Thinking about my embarrassment, I can't help but compare it to our new series, "The God of Impossibilities". Many of us casually approach God with our wishes: "let me get an A" or "don't let me hit this red light".
We don't realize the power that God wields.
Others blindly bite off more than we can chew financially, emotionally, spiritually, expecting God to just conform to our plans. In both cases we can end up flat on our butts, confused and embarrassed like I was the first day of firefighter training. We must learn how to handle God's Power in our lives. We have to treat Him with respect, we must practice, and we must learn how to handle ourselves since we have been indwelled with someone bigger than us! Several months after my failure with the fire hose I was able to help prevent a house fire from becoming a neighborhood fire. When you learn to wield God's power in your life, what do you think you will be able to do? I'd venture to say that anything would be possible.