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Two Sides To Every Story

Annie Jones

“For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37 NKJV

I was a sophomore in college when I got my first black eye (yes, I’ve had multiple black eyes.) It was a beautiful night in Florida and as I strolled around Downtown Disney with my volleyball team, I heard an announcement, “Who is the biggest party animal here?” Clearly, the answer was me. I rushed over to the source of the announcement, and began the journey to prove that I was indeed the biggest “party animal.” Through a series of hoola-hoop, shooting, and dancing-type competitions, I made it to the final round.
 
For the final game, I was blindfolded, spun around 10 times and instructed to run around 4 bases. A couple of my teammates (and best friends) assisted me by yelling and guiding me across the bases with their words. We were doing great at first, but as I rounded the 3rd base, I THOUGHT I heard my teammates yell, “RUN, RUN, SPRINT, you’re almost home!” So with all my might I took off in a dead sprint, only to hit a ginormous industrial pole…with my face. In a daze of confusion I took the blindfold off, sure that my teeth were missing and my face was shattered, to see if A) I had won the game and B) why on earth my teammates allowed me to hit the pole. Turns out, they were yelling at me to stop (so they say) but clearly, it was too late.
 
There were two sides to that story. My side and their side.  How many of you know that there are two sides or two perspectives to every story?
 
A great example of a 2-sided story is found in John 6:1-13, the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand. In this story, we see that a massive crowd has followed Jesus across the Sea of Galilee because they’ve heard of the great and mighty miracles he’s been performing. Jesus sees this crowd, has compassion, and desires to feed them, so he turned to his disciples to ask how they could feed all of the people. His disciples saw an impossibility and responded, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”
 
Eventually, they found a young boy with five loaves of bread and two fish and Jesus saw a possibility. Maybe you know how the rest of the story goes. Jesus prayed over the food, it was multiplied, and the huge crowd of people were fed until they were full. This is a two-sided story. The disciples saw the impossible, while Jesus saw the possible.
 
So, what does this mean for us? Be encouraged that there are always two sides to every story! Maybe you are facing a situation and all you can see is one perspective – but remember there is another side! Matthew 19:26 says, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” (NIV) And again we see this kind of encouragement in Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” (NKJV)
 
When we see the “impossibilities” in our lives - remember the other side of the story. HE wins all the time, and through HIM we are triumphant! When we come against something and Satan tries to tell us that we can’t, we won’t, and it’s not possible - remember the other side of the story. Look to God, seek His wisdom and guidance and watch Him turn an impossible situation into a possible one! I hope you’re encouraged today!
 
Oh, by the way – I was the biggest party animal in Downtown Disney that day and I had a black eye to prove it.
 
Say It: “Father, thank You that there is another side to the story. Today, I need You to help me in my situation. With your guidance and wisdom, I know that nothing is impossible and you are more than able to turn my situation around! I’m so thankful that through You all things are possible! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”