Nothing is improbable until it moves into past tense. George Aide
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. Aristotle
The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable. Oscar Wilde
There are many things that most do not believe will ever happen. Flying pigs is one event that very few, if any, have any expectations of ever seeing. There can be a great disparity in the various expectations or beliefs people have as they live their lives.
There are those who are so skeptical and cynical they have a hard time believing the sun will rise in the morning. There are those who spend significant sums of money in expectation of winning millions of dollars in the lottery. Most are probably somewhere in the middle of these extremes. When considering believing versus non-belief or hoping versus not having hope; it is probably better to ere toward the possibility of something happening. The sun is likely to keep rising for a long, long time. Some of the people who buy lottery tickets actually win the lottery. Chances are those who never buy a lottery ticket will never win the lottery.
The unexpected does happen on occasion; that which is highly improbable happens frequently enough. The impossible every so often becomes possible. The point is that “pigs do fly”. That which has not happened and that which is never likely to happen does happen. When it comes to hope, we should always have hope. There are forces and variables as well as the unexplained that sometimes seems to favor those who have hope. If you never buy a lottery ticket you will never win the lottery. If you never believe that something good can happen, chances are your belief has some kind of negative impact on preventing it from happening. The concept of “self-fulfilling prophesy” supports the idea that whatever it is we believe or hope for is more likely to manifest itself. Especially, on the negative side, those who expect the negative are much more likely to get the negative.
We should have some room in our belief system for expecting pigs to fly. It may come to pass we may never see a pig fly. It is probably more likely we will see a pig fly if we believe in the possibility of it happening. At one time the possibility of a human flying was equivalent to a pig flying. We should not live in such narrow boundaries and confines that we are so skeptical or negative that we have nothing to believe in or hope for.
Challenge: Expectations, beliefs, hopes, desires and aspirations are all very dependent on your outlook. If your glass tends to be half empty rather than half full, chances are you will never see pigs fly. If you keep looking for four leaf clovers, you will likely find one. If you keep looking at the stars for a “shooting star” you will likely see one. If you never do your part to bring about the improbable, the improbable will always stay improbable.
Wisdom: How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbably, must be the truth? Arthur Conan Doyle
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33
We live in two worlds, the secular and the spiritual. Most of what we see and believe is based only what we have seen and experienced in the secular world. Many of us believe in the spiritual world which is not limited and bound the same way as the secular world. Many of us believe that we will be freer and able to see and understand at a much higher level that we can in this world. It is easy to forget that this world is most limited.
Prayer: Help me to see and understand that I have nothing to fear or worry about. You are watching over me.