Impossible with God?
Ask David with stone and sling,
Or Moses fetching water with his rod
From out of rock,
The widow pouring oil
All afternoon from empty crock,
The Jews whose Sabbath manna did not spoil.
There’s nothing, it is true,
Our Father cannot do.
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
October 15, 2017 ~ written for the challenge by Linda Luna, 10-line Poem Challenge: Ercil
© 2017 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved
Ercil — The rhythm is iambic throughout, but the line length varies as follows: 2-3-4-5-2-3-4-5-3-3 feet per line. Rhyme scheme: ababcdcdee
To choose a topic for my poem, I opened my thesaurus at random and wrote about the first word that my eyes fell upon, which happened to be impossibility.
- David faced and defeated the giant Goliath armed with nothing but his sling and five smooth stones (1 Sam. 17:40-51).
- Moses, under God’s direct order, struck the rock with his rod, and water came out in abundance so that the entire camp of Israelites had plenty to drink (Ex. 17:6).
- A widow came to the prophet Elisha saying that the creditors were coming to take her two sons from her to make them work to pay off her debt. He asked her what she had of value, and she said, “A little oil.” So he told her to borrow as many vessels as she could from her neighbors, then shut the door and start pouring the oil into the vessels. One by one her sons brought the empty vessels to her and set the full ones aside while she poured. When they were all filled, Elisha told her to sell the oil, pay off the debt, and live on the rest of the income (2 Kings 4:1-7).
- While the Jews wandered in the wilderness, God miraculously fed them by providing manna—bread from heaven—every morning, which they could gather and prepare in various ways to enjoy throughout the day. Each morning there was fresh manna for the day, and none was to be kept over for the next day. Any leftovers would breed worms and stink. But there was one exception to the rule. On the eve of the Sabbath day, the day of rest, they were to gather enough for two days so that they would not have to gather manna on the Sabbath, and thus they could enjoy the day of rest. If they ignored this mandate, they went hungry on the Sabbath; but when they obeyed, the manna was still fresh the next day; it did not rot because God had provided this for them for a day of rest (Ex. 16:14-31).