I’ve just got home from watching Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland at the cinema. I was absolutely blown away – I loved everything from the special effects, to the portrayal of the characters, to Danny Elfman’s score for it (he’s one of my favourite film composers so I was a bit biased!), but what really surprised me was how inspired I felt as I left.
The quote that got me was “This is impossible.”…”Only if you believe it is.”
To be honest, whilst the rest of the film was fantastic, I was a little fixated on this idea towards the end. It makes me think about my own life; suddenly all the possibilities in my future metamorphose into inevitabilities…purely because I believe with all I have that I will accomplish them. I’m no longer a child reaching in vain for an object that I will never reach, but a giant looking down – where the only challenge is grabbing it before it disappears.
I didn’t have to look in the Bible for long to find that actually, this is what God intended for us all along. In Luke 1:37 an angel says to Mary “For nothing is impossible with God.” In Luke 18:27 Jesus says “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Matthew 17:20: “He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
And if you still don’t believe that Jesus wanted the impossible for us, take a look at this:
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Both Matthew and Mark recorded the same message in their gospels; this is clearly something that Jesus wanted to emphasise!
So if Alice in Wonderland tells me that “nothing is possible if I believe” then I’ve stumbled onto an unbelievable conclusion. The Bible actually says the same thing!
On the way home, I came up with a phrase that summed up my thoughts:
“A life’s only limitation is it’s owner’s imagination.”
However, in light of this, I suppose it needs to be changed:
“With God, a life’s only limitation is it’s Saviour’s imagination.”