The Impossible Dream

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My wife and I really enjoy watching the old classic TV shows. We’re presently going through the old series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., starring Jim Nabors as Gomer and Frank Sutton as Sgt. Carter.

Lots of laughs and corny situations; a VERY tame sitcom, which is why we like it.

The last episode we watched showed Gomer singing the song, The Impossible Dream, as he was accompanied by the real Marine Corps Band. I’m telling you, it was inspirational!

The song made me not only think, but actually believe there were still greater things to be done with my life. Though getting along in years, I haven’t outgrown the ability to dream and, with God, see the dreams fulfilled. And neither have you.

Here are the words to the song.

“The Impossible Dream” (The Quest)
Songwriters: Joe Darion & Mitch Leigh

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

Out of 30,442 verses in the Bible, I can’t think of a one that has God telling someone, “That’s impossible.”

Now, there were a lot of impossible looking situations, but God did some very outstanding things; just to help out someone committed to fulfilling their God given dream.

And helping someone committed to HIS dreams.

Like Joshua battling the Amorites (Joshua 10). Running out of daylight, God made the sun stand still in the sky for almost 24 hours. It looked impossible, but with God, nothing is impossible.

Like the author of Hebrews wrote, “And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions…” (Hebrews 11:32-33 NKJV). So many miraculous things happened because God was involved with someone who trusted him.

But the greatest feat of all, the greatest victory, came on the day when the Son of God, Jesus Christ, fought for the right…

“Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause”

To destroy the works and authority of the devil, taking the keys of death, hell, and the grave from him. Afterward Jesus told his disciples, “All power is given unto me in Heaven, earth, and under the earth!”

Just to capture his father’s dream, and release the captured “stars”. That’s you and I. After all, God told Abraham to “look at the stars”. Then he said, “So shall your family be.” Stars.

Jesus reached the unreachable stars!

“And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.”

Impossible? Not with God! He doesn’t have any impossible dreams.

And in him, neither do we.