A God of Possibilities

It's the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.

— Nicholas Sparks —

This is a writing from a couple of years ago…


In August of 1987, when I was about two weeks sober, reality hit me square in the face as I concluded I would never practice pharmacy again.

My addiction disorder had turned me into a thief and a liar, and my entire professional future was in the hands of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

As much as losing my Pharmacy license killed me, I began thinking about what jobs I could work to take care of my family once I got out of jail. I knew I was projecting, but I saw no possibility of maintaining my pharmacy license.

My AA sponsors kept telling me to put my future in God’s hands and focus on doing the next right thing daily.

I listened as I began to turn my future over to God on at least a daily basis.

After a couple of years, all charges were dropped against me, and I continued my career as a pharmacist, and the rest is history.


From the world’s point of view, I was sure I was guaranteed to lose my license.

From God’s point of view, He obviously saw possibilities that I could not fathom.

The biggest lesson I learned through all of this is that God’s reality is not the same as ours. I quit paying attention to the world’s “limits” and “guarantees” many years ago.

Today I focus on possibilities because of Him.

I humbly present this story as His representative for those who don’t believe His words in Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (NIV)



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