I wasn’t really expecting anything new when I sat down with my coffee and Bible. Not because I already know everything the book has to offer (far, far from it!), but because the story with which I planned to spend my quiet morning moments was so beloved and well-worn in my mind – comfortable and familiar, like an old friend.
December and Luke 1-2 go together like peanut butter and chocolate (unless you’re my husband, for whom peanut butter and chocolate do NOT go together at all), so I have been immersing myself in them once again. I poured coffee into my mug and prepared to sit down to enjoy the familiar words once again, like savoring an exquisite, gourmet meal one glorious mouthful at a time.
Suddenly, I was startled out of my peaceful, drowsy, morning read by the words of Gabriel, who had most certainly just startled Mary (to whom he was speaking) as well.
Even Elizabeth – the Queen of Lost Causes
In response to Mary’s asking how it could be that she, a virgin, would bear the Christ child, Gabriel offered her evidence of the supernatural wow-factor of God. “Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
How had I never noticed that before?
Have you ever felt like THAT person in THAT impossible situation? The Queen of Lost Causes? The one that if the miracle ever happened, you would be hailed as “Even _________” because it was so unlikely – no – so utterly impossible without God’s intervention?
Oh, Elizabeth. The one who had prayed for a child until she was far too old to have one. Her hopes were as dried up as her body. THAT Elizabeth.
Like the man who was born blind until he encountered Jesus – perhaps this impossible “Even Elizabeth” situation had also been allowed to exist for the glorious someday when it would become the backdrop to the stunning, brilliant majesty of the One who would change it.
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“Nothing is impossible with God!” Not even THAT situation that has sat gathering dust for so long that its edges are blurred in your mind’s eye.
Even in the midst of the Christmas rush, let’s encourage one another to keep declaring that the purposes of God WILL be established in our lives, and that our impossibilities are His opportunities to display His glory. I pray for each one reading this who is facing an impossibility, that your faith would be increased to keep believing until you see the glory of God.
NOTHING is impossible with Him!
With faith, hope, and love,