My mom told me this story about my uncles:
Steve and Skip came home one day and placed a skunk in a metal trash can. It turns out, some good friend of theirs had sold them a stinkless skunk. They had a pet!
So I looked it up. Stinkless skunk. Yep, that is a thing.
I have to admit that I spent most of my childhood believing that my uncles were bamboozled. The odds of a skunk being “de-stinked” seem pretty rare. The odds that my uncles would actually get one – astronomical.
And I will let my mom tell you how they found out the truth about their skunk…
We love the impossible.
The adventure of finding that one in a million thing that nobody else has. What will we give up for a bag of magic beans or a map to the fountain of youth or a miracle cure for cancer?
We say, “My kid will be the ONE KID that…”
or, “I will never need glasses.”
or, “I will make money doing this.”
Odds are – it will never happen.
And I love the human beings for this reason: We continue to hope for that one in a million thing.
We continue to believe.
Our faith has made us.
Matthew 13:44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
I pray that you do not give up hope today. God has a one in a million deal for you – you are going to want to give up everything for His prize.
Jesus, let my hope out-weigh my cynicism. Amen.