What is a simple definition or phrase to replace this idiom, "against all odds"? I could use despite all difficulties but it's too difficult for my 5-6 year old kids to understand. My sentence is as follows. In all his trials he trusted God; to help him through against all odds. Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!
If you just want a phrase, the above answers are good. If you want to teach your children about chance and odds, I would simply use a quarter, and show them all the sides: heads, tails, and side.
Teach them heads and tails until they understand a 50-50 chance or equal chance. Then tell them how chance is related to odds (easy enough; it's another word for it.)
Once they understand this, prepare to toss the coin, only this time, ask them what the odds are that it will land on it's side (standing up). As they will not have seen this before, it is against (almost) all odds.
What God did for the supplicant, basically, was help him even when this seemed as unlikely as landing the quarter on its side in a toss.