In 1939, George Dantzig enrolled as a graduate student at University of California, Berkeley, studying statistics under Polish-born professor Jerzy Neyman. At the beginning of one class session, Dr. Neyman chalked two examples of famously unsolvable problems on the blackboard. George happened to arrive late to class that day, missing, the disclaimer. He mistakenly thought the unsolvable problems were their homework assignment, so he transcribed them in his notebook and went to work. It took a little longer than he anticipated, but George Dantzig ultimately solved both of them. On a Sunday morning six weeks later, an ecstatic Dr. Neyman knocked on George’s front door to share the news. A bewildered George actually apologized, thinking the assignment was overdue.
That’s when Dr. Neyman informed George that he had solved two of statistics’ unsolvable problems.
Dantzig went on to do groundbreaking work in linear programming that affects the way businesses run today. The tools he developed shape the way airlines schedule flights, shipping companies deploy their trucks, oil companies run their refineries and banks manage their revenue projections. Dantzig’s legacy is felt far and wide, but it started from that single moment as a student. Dantzig would later say, “If someone had told me they were two famous unsolved problems, I probably wouldn’t have even tried to solve them.”
I wonder if we too often make assumptions about what is and isn’t possible? We let logic and circumstances dictate outcomes. We let fear and negativity hold us back. We listen to the naysayers who tell us it can’t be done and we give up. Yet, our God is a God of the impossible! Jesus says, “With God all things are possible” Mathew 19:26.
Don’t let Satan cause you to doubt. Faith doesn’t ignore the facts; it simply trusts in the God who can make a way through the sea. When the doctor’s diagnosis seems grim, we ask for a second opinion from the Great Physician. When the way out seems blocked, we call in the One who can move mountains!
So whatever situation you find yourself in this morning, believe this: there is no problem unsolvable for our God!
Have a great week!
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Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson