Face the Impossible
For many of us the Christmas season is a time of joy, but for others…not so much. Maybe they received a bad medical report or just lost a loved one. Perhaps you just lost your job or your marriage is falling apart. Whatever it is you’re going through, the holiday season has a way of magnifying the hurt you’re experiencing. You wonder how you can possibly get through the circumstance that is happening in your life; know this, you’re not alone.
You see, as followers of Jesus, we all face times, situations, and circumstances that are going to seem impossible to get through. As I was preparing my Christmas series to preach, I was reminded how Mary’s life was changed by news she received (Luke 1:26-38). She was told twice that she was favored by God (Luke 1:28, 30), but God’s favor in her life meant not a life of bliss, but a life of risks.
It is hard for us to imagine that this was what it meant for Mary to be favored by God. Mary’s life reminds us that sometimes God’s call in our lives is difficult. It may require us to set aside our own hopes and dreams. It may require us to go places we don’t want to go, or take risks we don’t want to take. It may even be frightening and result in a loss.
But, the angel Gabriel also reassured Mary with one of the greatest statements of God's power that is recorded in the Bible (v. 37). This verse undoubtedly comforted Mary in the following months, as it has comforted countless believers who are faced with difficulties in their lives and wonder how they are going to get through the moment, the day, the week, or the year. You may not think you can get through, you need to know this, you are not alone.
So, whatever challenge, whatever hardship, whatever loss you may be facing right now, you’re not alone. Let the truth the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary become your truth and remember that He can help you get through the bad medical report. He can help you get through the loss of a loved one. He can help you save your marriage. “For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37).