This expression comes from seeing the impossible happen when it did not seem possible. Naturally there is no way you can make salad out of soup unless you invented a new way to solidify soup, dissect it marginally to tiny ions of cubes that could be merged together with atoms of lettuce, tomatoes and something like cucumbers. That certainly sounds impossible and makes absolutely no sense.
Then again, making enough food out of a few fishes and loaves for thousands, or raining manna from heaven seemed impossible, but it happened. Maybe I am wrong but do impossible things seem to happen when God is involved? The motivation of spiritual intervention seems to be behind virtually most of the impossible events of life.
One of my most treasured memories is of being present when my middle daughter was born in a natural, no drug induced child birth. My wife had been in a car accident that broke her hip and somehow Mom and baby both survived. My wife vowed to walk into that hospital without a wheelchair, take no drugs and deliver that child as naturally as she could. To me it was a miraculous sight I will never forget, a natural high and a spiritual answer to prayers from someone who had not quite found God yet.
So too, is the plight of today's Heroin and Meth users who make the transition from addiction to sobriety. It is God doing the impossible when all the other possibles failed. In a meeting of about 60 people last night, there were at least a half dozen cases of former Heroin Users who were proud to announce they were clean. So many have died and overdosed, yet there are the impossibles who make it and we rejoice in that situation, for it is certainly like Making Chicken Salad Out Of Chicken Soup.
The founders of A.A. proclaimed that addiction was a "spiritual Condition", the souls of human beings were being robbed of freedom by that addiction. Their solution? Have a spiritual awakening and, of course, when one of those happens, God shows up in miraculous ways.
They say kicking the heroin/meth habits are nearly improbable. He says nothing is impossible for me, and would you like that soup with noodles or rice?
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.