When _______ Feels Impossible

It was New Year’s Day, and Yosemite National Park was quiet under a thick blanket of fresh snow. Paul and I had visited every New Year’s Day since he proposed to me there, and this particular visit was shaping up to be just as perfect as the rest.

My hubby takes amazing landscape photography, so we spent the day photo-hopping around the park. Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, the quaint little church—we hit all the good spots, and he got some great shots. Near the end of the day, we stopped at Curry Village to get some snacks and warm up a bit. That’s when he noticed it. His wedding ring. It was gone.

He checked his pockets, his camera gear, the inside of his gloves, and between the car seats. We traced our steps around the village, hoping it had fallen off his hand somewhere close by. The alternative was depressing. If he had lost it while taking photos, it could be anywhere. We’d wound our way along miles of roads and trails, all— don’t forget—covered in snow.

When we finally quit searching the village, we pretty much gave up hope of finding his ring. Losing his wedding ring on the anniversary of our engagement, at the same location where he asked me to marry him, was ironic (in a sad way). We didn’t want to give up, but as we looked out over that vast Yosemite Valley, the impossibility of ever finding his ring sobered us, and we packed up to head home.

Before we left the park, Paul asked if he could make one last stop. Now that the afternoon sun was casting better lighting, he wanted to retake photos at the very first location he had shot that morning. So we parked the car, he ran off down the trail to do his magic, and I trailed along behind, praying as I went:

Lord, I know it’s just a wedding ring and that in light of eternity it doesn’t matter all that much. But it’s special to us, and I know You know exactly where it is. We’ve looked and looked with no luck, but if You’d let us find it, we will always remember every January 1st that You are a God who does miracles.

I finished my prayer just as I reached the overlook. I looked down at my feet, and—I’m not making this up!—there, making a perfect silver circle in the snow, was Paul’s wedding ring.

Even writing it now, I’m grinning from ear to ear, tears glistening in my eyes, remembering all over again the giddy excitement that filled my heart in that instant. God reached into space and time and did for me what I could never do on my own. We serve a God who works miracles!

The God who spoke this universe into existence, who holds the stars and planets in place and needs absolutely nothing from you, chooses to love you, pursue you, and give you everything you need. This same God is perfectly able to do anything. He “is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20).

Does something in your life feel impossible? Finishing school? Leaving home? Getting a job? Forgiving a friend? Finding a guy who loves Jesus? Maybe it is—for you. But giving you the best gifts is child’s play for your God!

I can promise you this: If something is truly best for you (regardless of whether you think it’s best for you—wink), God will deliver. In the meantime, enjoy Him, trust Him, wait for His timing, work hard, and get out there and live your life. And when He does come through, even if it’s not in the way you imagined, remember to give bunches of glory to the God who still does miracles.

Tell me, are you facing an “impossible” situation? How have you watched God provide for you or someone you know that reminds you He won’t let you down?

PS: This post is adapted from my book Crushed: Why Guys Don’t Have to Make or Break You. Check it out here.

About Author

Jessie Minassian

Jessie Minassian is a speaker, blogger, and the author of ten books and Bible studies, including Crushed, Unashamed, and Backwards Beauty. She is the "resident big sis" at LifeLoveandGod.com, a Q&A website for teen girls. Her work for teens and their parents has been featured internationally through outlets such as Focus on the Family, Parenting Today’s Teens, She Reads Truth, Axis, Revive Our Hearts and YouthWorker Journal. She and her husband live and serve at Hume Lake Christian Camps in California, and have two daughters.

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  • Ryely

    Thankyou this was a good post !

  • That’s an amazing story! Praise God. 🙂 He works in incredible ways.


  • Mais

    Thank you! This was really perfect timing for me. God knew I needed to hear this, as right now the thought of finishing grad school seems impossible for me. I know that He will put me where He wants me, but I needed the reminder! Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Elisa Renn

      God won’t give you good marks you have to study… that’s how school works otherwise you could sit at home and pray all day and be as intelligent as you are after finishing school (don’t try this, it won’t work)

  • Hannah grace

    Wow that’s amazing!

  • Rhiannon

    Right now my struggle with porn feels impossible. I’d like to imagine a future where I don’t watch it and where it is nothing more to me than a distant memory but despite my efforts, nothing works. And yes, I know we shouldn’t rely on our own strength but we can’t just pray and wait for something to happen. We have to do SOMETHING.

    • Sarah, with Revive Our Hearts

      You are right, Rhiannon; we have to DO something to take care of besetting sin. Sexual sins rarely are overcome on our own. We often need outside help and asking for that help is a sign of bravery and commitment to trusting God with the healing you so desperately desire. God can and will change your heart; but you have to do the hard work required to overcome.

      1. Find a mentor — a godly woman in your family or church that can help you with a battle plan and will hold you accountable.

      2. Get a , strong filter that will limit your ability to access porn. K9 Web protection is a free internet filter to protect you from going to sites you should not be visiting. You can download it to your phone and computer. Or you can move your computer to an open area where you would be less likely to view pornography. You can make yourself accountable to what you are viewing online with your mentor by using the tools from X3Watch, https://x3watch.com.

      Consider this website for girls battling pornography: http://beggarsdaughter.com/. The creator of this website has written a few articles for us that you will find helpful: To the Christian Girl Who Watches Porn, http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/?s=to+the+christian+girl+who+watches+porn; What it Takes to Break Free from Lust http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/takes-break-free-lust/; and Lies Women Believe about Pornography, http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/lies-women-believe-pornography/.

      You can be free, Rhiannon. Start the steps today to break free! I have prayed for you today. (Luke 10:27) And [Jesus] answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”.

  • Madison

    Thank you so much for this post. Its really encouraging to me right now. I’ve got to realize that when I feel like I can’t do something, God can.

  • Elisa Renn

    Uhm… I’m an Atheist and to be honest this kind of Storys won’t convince me of a god. Do you really believe that the ring lie there because of the prayer?