Making the Impossible, Possible
I think it’s quite normal this time of year to gravitate toward the Christmas story in the gospels. It’s refreshing to re-read the accounts surrounding the birth of our Lord and see them in a new light every time. I never grow tired of hearing the story that’s just as relevant today as it was so many years ago.
Interestingly, every time I read it I find new nuggets of gold that sparkle and shine and impact me in new ways. From now until Christmas I’ll be sprinkling these blog posts with some verses that have particularly interested me this Christmas season.
Luke 1:37. Gabriel testifies to Mary that God Himself, the Holy Spirit, the Most High, will plant a seed in her, the “holy one,” the Son of God, a miracle indeed, then he tells her that her cousin Elizabeth, old and barren, is six months pregnant, another miracle.
Now, all this comes on the heels of Gabriel telling Mary she will bear a son and Mary knowing that is an impossibility since she is a virgin. Virgin’s don’t get pregnant, basic biology here. So not only is Mary, a self-proclaimed virgin, going to give birth, but the child will be the Son of God, fathered by God Himself. And as if that wasn’t enough impossibility to swallow, her cousin, well past the age of child-bearing and barren on top of that, is already pregnant. Can it all get any more impossible than that?
But what Gabriel says at the end of verse 37 refutes any argument, casts aside science and common sense and anything and everything having to do with the realm of possibilities and probabilities (remember, this is God we’re talking about). He says, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
How well we would do to remember that tidbit of information. In this world there are possibilities and impossibilities, but with God there are only possibilities. Anything is possible!
Too many times we (I) get downtrodden because circumstances overwhelm us, the valley grows too deep, the darkness too black, the waters too rough. We fear all hope is lost and despair fills our heart.
But wait, science doesn’t call the shots here, medicine isn’t infallible, even common knowledge is overrated. With God there are no impossibilities. Cancer can be beaten, death can be thwarted, the lame can walk and the blind can see, jobs can be found, and hearts can be changed. Folks, this is God we’re talking about. Need we be reminded again and again? “For nothing is impossible with God.”