"And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God" ( Luke 1:36-37, HCSB).
What a beautiful promise, written so simply, but such a needed reminder. Mary was struggling to understand just how she could conceive a baby. It wasn't a physical possibility for her, as a virgin. But the Angel's reply said it all. The Angel Gabriel told her that nothing is impossible with God. She could and would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit, and her cousin Elizabeth, well past child-bearing age, would have a son as well.
Two beautiful miracles.
There have been times in my life when I've honestly, almost given up on certain prayers. When decades pass without an answer, or at least the answer I want to hear. But these words are such a comforting reminder. God has it in control. God sees the completed picture. He is out of time, eternal, all knowing, and His plan will succeed. Hallelujah! Nothing is impossible with Him.
So give Him your impossible dreams todays. The frustration, the heartbreak, the confusion, and let Him take control. For me, this is a daily surrender. And let Him work, in His perfect time.
“I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her" (Luke 1:38, HCSB).
At the end of Mary's conversation with Gabriel, she declares that she will be submissive to God's will. I'm so impressed by her willing heart here. She could have denied it, or asked someone seemingly more worthy to take her place. She could have questioned God and His plan, or turned her back on the whole miracle entirely. But her heart was willing. I know she wasn't a perfect human being, none of us are, but I'm impressed by this young woman, and the way in which God used her. My prayer today, as I write this, is that my heart would be just as willing to do God's work. It may seem crazy, I may be ostracized for it, but I want to do whatever He asks, go wherever He wants me and my family to go, and serve Him each day of my life. Mary is certainly someone for us to emulate, isn't she? There's such hope, such promise in her story, and also an encouragement to walk by faith, even when we can't see the outcome.