“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
I recently attended a talk by a beautiful woman named Immaculee. Immaculee was born in Rwanda and survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994 by hiding in a 3x4 bathroom with seven other women for 91 days. She spoke of how everyday, the only thing that gave her hope was meditating on Jesus’ life and praying to Him. Similar to Anne Frank’s situation, a wonderful family that was against the genocide was hiding Immaculee in their home. Immaculee had no idea how long she would have to remain in hiding, and each day became more and more of a struggle.
At the end of her third month in that tiny bathroom, members of the opposing tribe stormed the house in search of Immaculee. They searched on top of the roof, in every closet and cabinet, in old suitcases, and in every single place in that house except in the bathroom where Immaculee was hiding. Immaculee was praying, “God, if you are real, please don’t let them open this bathroom door.”
After scouring every corner of the house, a soldier placed his hand on the door handle to the bathroom where Immaculee was hiding. He was about to turn it, when he stopped, looked at the man who owned the house and said, “You’re a good man. I trust you. You’re not hiding anyone in here.” And then the soldiers left.
Hundreds of thousands of people died over the course of the Rwandan genocide, but Immaculee lived to tell her story. Today, she is inspiring millions with her message of faith and trust in God’s miracles.
Practice: Is there an area in your life where you doubt God’s ability to provide? Make a list of the things you are worried about and pray, “God, I cannot make it through this situation by myself, but with You, all things are possible. Help me have greater faith. With you, I will make it through this. Amen.”