“Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.'” Luke 18:27
Certainly reading the scripture invokes the thoughts of the impossible becoming possible. Story after story, from Noah to Jonah, from Adam to Moses, from Esther to Sarah, from David to the blind man. But no story captivates the trust, the belief in the impossible more than Mary, the mother of Jesus. It is a riveting moment of wonder, curiosity and faith. Mary had no clue how the impossible would become possible. Why might that be? Because all things impossible by man is beyond possible by God. Mary simply had to trust that despite what appeared unlikely, through He who promised would become a reality.
“‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most high will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth you relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.’ ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:34-38
I find myself asking as did Mary . . . “How will this be?” I doubt and question the nature of things, events and circumstances in my own life where and when it appears impossible. But I know you are seated on the throne today and I know that you have made promises. Promises to keep me and sustain me, to give me strength when I am no longer able to keep my step, to give me wisdom when I don’t know the answers, to provide when all is gone, to love when love is unrecognized, to embrace me when a heart is long unheld.
Lord Jesus, remind me of these promises. It is your will I seek and your sustaining grace that I consume. Remind me often that despite my flaws, I am free, so very free and whole!