(im)Possible

These days I’m spending my time reading through the Gospel of Luke. I’ve started the online Bible study with Good Morning Girls a bit early…

And as I was reading through the story of Elizabeth and Mary in chapter 1, some light bulbs went off…

First there is this miracle of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. Zechariah and Elizabeth had basically given up on having children. And when the angel Gabriel appears to Zechariah to announce this miracle of a child to him, he doesn’t believe. I had to smile when I read Gabriel’s response to Zechariah’s unbelief. Gabriel says, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was He who sent me to bring you this good news! But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.” (Luke 1:19-20 NLT)

Don’t you think Gabriel put on some “attitude” when he gave Zechariah this answer? It sure sounds to me that way. How dare Zechariah doubt his words! How dare he question the authority of his words!

A few months later Gabriel was sent to announce another pregnancy, Mary’s pregnancy. In Luke 1:35ff Gabriel explains to Mary how she will become pregnant. Gabriel also tells Mary of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, and he concludes  with these words: “For nothing is impossible with God.”

And this last sentence just got to me. “For nothing is impossible with God.” Here were two women who’s differences couldn’t be bigger:

One was old.
The other was a young girl.

One had been married for a very long time.
The other was engaged to be married.

One had longed for a child all her life.
The other was just trying to wrap her mind around her new love, her engagement.

And to both situations this sentence applied. Both were living proof that “nothing is impossible with God.”

I have heard this story so many times in my life. But I never paid attention to this sentence in Luke 1:37 in conjunction with these two stories.

“Nothing is impossible with God.” Do I believe it?

“Nothing is impossible with God.” Do you believe it?

Whatever I’m facing, whatever I’m dealing with on a daily basis, do I believe that nothing is impossible with God?

When I look at Elizabeth and at Mary, I’m encouraged to believe.  Mary’s response to Gabriel was, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”

“For nothing is impossible with God.”

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