This is a very familiar verse to all of us especially during this season of Christmas. This was the answer given by angel Gabriel to the question of Mary when she asked “how shall this be possible?”
There have been many circumstances in our life that we may have asked the question, "how can this be even possible?" When things have been out of control in our life, we ask similar questions of how can this be possible?
Things that were impossible for us even to fathom became a reality in the life of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Later on in the life of Joseph and the in lives of God’s people in Egypt we witness miracles one after the other. Could they have even believed when it was told that they will be set free from the bondage of slavery? No, not at all from the strong hands of Egypt. But then a hand stronger began to move on their behalf.
Things began to happen- the plagues, the dividing of the Red Sea becoming a red carpet for God’s people, the water from the rock, and the feeding of manna. The people were fed with meat in the wilderness for 40 years, and they experienced the miracles of God one after the other.
They were delivered again and again from the hands of pagan kings and their kingdoms. What began in Egypt continued forward with the parting of Jordan, then the crumbling of walls of Jericho, and then the conquest of the land.
Even when Israel was ruled by kings, the miracles of God continued on. Elijah the prophet and the nation of Israel experienced drought and famine for many years but God fed his servant by ravens and water from the brook. Then God prepared the house of a widow to take care of his servant and also God took care of that widow and her son. Her resources were limited but God expanded that for the years of famine.
So when Mary asked how can she bear a son having not known a man, the angel replied with another miracle in the life of her cousin Elizabeth. All of these stories of the miraculous from the Word of God show us the pattern of God making the impossible possible.
How long, Oh Lord?
How shall we continue to sustain ourselves in this world?
Will there be restoration?
Will we become normal again?
Can we be safe in this pandemic?
What is the future of our children?
Some may be asking will I ever have a life partner?
Others are asking, what about my future career plans?
Will I be able to travel?
Will I get to do what I have always dreamed to do?
Yes, we may have been hit hard by discouragement and despair in this season. We see situations around us and we may lose hope. It is in these trying circumstances that God is saying to us - that nothing is impossible for Him to do or change.
Whether you are worried about your health or your parents health or about education and future of your children, the Lord wants to remind us in this season what He spoke almost two centuries ago to a young woman perplexed with many a questions.
So have faith in God’s power, and seek His face in prayer because our God specializes in miracles. He has promised that He will never leave or forsake us.
Let’s remind ourselves this season that our God is promise keeper, miracle worker, and way maker. Take time to reflect on the Word of God because in it we shall be able to see a God who never fails to keep His promises.
If in the past God remained faithful in changing impossible situations to possibilities then He will come through for us in this season also. Let us say boldly like Mary, “I am the Lord's servant, may it happen to me as you have said.”
If GOD is calling you to do something like Mary where you feel that it is beyond you, then you are in a good company. God has a history of calling people to things that were beyond themselves.
Pastor Rick Warren put it this way, "Abraham was old, Jacob was insecure, Leah was unattractive, Joseph was abused, Moses stuttered.
Gideon was poor, Samson was codependent, Rahab was immoral, David had an affair and all kinds of family problems, Elijah was suicidal, Jeremiah was depressed, Jonah was reluctant , Naomi was widow.
John the Baptist was eccentric to say the least, Peter was impulsive and hot tempered , Martha worried a lot the Samaritan woman had several failed marriages, Zacchaeus was unpopular, Thomas had doubts, Paul had poor health and Timothy was timid.
That’s a quite a group of misfits but God used each of them in His service. He will use you too."
If you can say just like Mary, "here I am let it be done as you say" then for sure you will experience that nothing is impossible with God!