INCONCEIVABLE: how I am like Vezzini {a 31 Days post}


One of my favorite movies of all time is the classic 1987 comedy adventure, The Princess Bride. It is so quotable, and therefore so wonderful.

Throughout the first portion of the movie, the villain, a despicable bald Sicilian named Vezzini, continually declares that any attempt to thwart his plans would be “absolutely, and in all other ways inconceivable.” However, at every turn, the man in black accomplishes precisely what Vezzini declared to be impossible. Each time, Vezzini shouts out in outraged surprise, “inconceivable!”

Finally, the Spaniard turns to Vezzini and says this perfect one liner: “You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”


Now, while I don’t plan to kidnap a princess and start a war, part of me feels a throb of kinship with Vizzini. Many of my plans, like his, are made with the assumption that there is no hero coming. I trim my aspirations and expectations to fit my schedule and my energy levels, forgetting that my God holds everything in his powerful hands and that He is generous when I ask.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

– Matthew 19:26

In our calculations and our prayers, do we make room for the “impossible”?

What is our default: to focus on the size of our problem, or on the strength of our God?

Give your thoughts below!

This post is part of a month-long challenge to write every day in October. To see other posts in the series, click here!

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