Even Elizabeth – The Queen of Lost Causes

Even Elizabeth – The Queen of Lost Causes

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.”

Even Elizabeth…”

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,

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Christine is so glad you have joined her on The Beautiful Journey! She is a Bible study writer and teacher living in Texas with her husband, 2 children, and all their pets. Christine believes with all her heart that you can live the full, high-impact, joyful life God designed for you, right now. That beautiful journey begins inside you and doesn’t depend on your circumstances. She would love to have you join her on the journey!

9 Comments

  • Julie Page Heath

    April 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Thank you for your fresh insight! I had never focused on Elizabeth in this passage that way…yet what an encouragement it truly is!

    • Christine

      April 10, 2017 at 4:36 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Julie! I had never noticed it before either – so thankful to the Holy Spirit for illuminating the Word! Blessings to you…Christine

  • Lori Miller

    December 15, 2016 at 10:30 pm Reply

    Thank you Christine for your amazing insight. It is easy to get caught up in the everyday whirlwind with which we live. Our God is so good. He lifts us up when we need lifting and gives us blessings beyond our asking.

    • Christine

      December 17, 2016 at 12:18 am Reply

      He sure does! Have a wonderful Christmas, Lori!

  • Teresa Fourroux

    December 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm Reply

    Thanks Christine

  • Brenda Wyatt

    December 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm Reply

    Once again a beautiful lesson! Receiving it at just the right time.
    Thank you
    Chrissy

    • Christine

      December 17, 2016 at 12:19 am Reply

      Isn’t it amazing how He knows just what we need, and just when we need it?

  • Elaine Hadley

    December 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Incredible insight Christine! Love how God continues to show us new things all the time in HIS Living Word!!

    • Christine

      December 17, 2016 at 12:20 am Reply

      Thanks, Elaine! I love it too, and it never ceases to amaze me!

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