We have a God who deals in the impossible.
This is huge, life-changing, and has everything to do with Christmas.
I think we’re so used to the story of “Christmas” that we can easily forget to spend time just letting ourselves be amazed by the story.
The Blessed Mother is a virgin. In every sense of the word. This is not figurative; it’s not one of those words that means something else. Mary was and still is a virgin. And that’s that. (CCC 496 – 501)
But she becomes pregnant when an angel shows up in her house and says, “Hi, you’re a really well behaved teenager because God preserved you from sin and now you’re going to carry the Creator the universe in your womb . . . but don’t worry about the town being scandalized because you're only engaged – the Holy Spirit will take care of it.” (I paraphrased)
What would your reaction be? I’m pretty sure I would be so scared I would cry. Profusely.
God does the impossible.
As if That Weren't Enough.
Then the angel tells Mary that her cousin Elizabeth is expecting a child. That’s cool, right? Not that unusual. My cousin just had a baby too – no big deal.
But the angel says, ” . . . in her old age” about Elizabeth. That means that Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah had given up hope of having a baby long ago.
Two miraculous children all within 10 verses of the Gospel of Luke. Whoa. And this isn’t just a story. This isn’t made up. It’s not your “Grimm fairytale.”
Here’s the exciting part. (As if Jesus being born an infant isn’t exciting enough!) Are you ready for this? . . . God hasn’t changed. And He never will.
What's Your 'Impossible'?
Don’t worry – I can guarantee He’s not going to re-create the stories of Mary and Elizabeth in your life. But you know what He is going to do? He’s going to work in whatever impossible situation you have in your life, if it’s His will and His perfect timing.
That person who you think you can never, ever, ever forgive. You will – with God’s help. Or being patient with your little sibling – now that seems impossible doesn’t it? (I have one too.) How about resisting the temptation to have sex or to go to a party – God will help you with that. Or maybe it's just getting through high school. God is there for you.
God deals in impossible causes, turn to Him.
I'm praying for you. There’s nothing in your life that God can't work in. There’s no situation too hopeless. I sincerely hope you can look at the story of Christmas in this light and see that God desires to enter into your life and do amazing things.
He's done that in my life time and time again when I give everything over to Him in prayer. I am astounded by how He works . . . as a tiny baby and still today.
“For with God nothing is impossible.” Luke 1:34