The building of the Panama Canal became a symbol of attempting the impossible. In 1912 Barton Brailey captured that spirit in his poem, “At Your Service, The Panama Gang.” And the rugged canal workers made it their song:
“Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?
Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?
We make a specialty of the wholly impossible,
Doing things that no one can do.”
Years later, hospitalized with tuberculosis, Oscar Eliason saw Brailey’s words in an ad for a construction company. He was facing a medical “uncrossable river”, a “mountain neither he nor the doctors could tunnel through”. But then his heart leaped with a truth he later set to music, changing the last two lines to read:
“God specializes in things thought impossible,
and he can do what no other power can do.”
He called for others to pray, and God did the “impossible”. He was healed and went on to years of fruitful Christian ministry.
Our “impossibilities” are God’s opportunities.
Photos by Ken Jones. Copyright 2016