Do you believe in the possibility of an impossibility?
The Holy Spirit posed that question to me a few years ago as I was in the middle of a never ending struggle of a faith walk. As I pondered on this it was brought to my remembrance the many impossibilities that had been made manifest in my life. The most obvious miracle was the finding of my father after 30 years of separation. That is an undisputed miracle in my life. Yet despite the obvious I still struggle with faith. Christmas time though, that is the time to believe in miracles.....
My daughter-in-law was so excited yesterday. She is getting acclimated to her new life in Germany and she had $150 Euro, but since she was on the PX she needed to have US dollars. She was having this explained to her as she sat with her cart full in the check out line. She said the next thing she knew a lady who was in the next aisle told her to give her the euros and she paid for her whole purchase which was actually $410, about $300 more dollars than the euros she had. She turned to explain to the woman the difference, to thank her and settle the difference and the woman was gone in an instant. She believed she was a Christmas angel sent to them.
Every day we realize the miracles of God. Being a nurse, I realize that the very breath of life takes a series of miracles. The biggest miracle starting at the very conception of life. What an amazing miracle for Mary when she was found to have favor from God to be the chosen vessel to conceive of the Holy Ghost.
I cannot imagine what would be going through her mind. An angelic visitation that would reveal to her that she was chosen as a virgin to conceive the King of Kings. This was an impossibility. This would bring great shame and reproach upon her. This would put her relationship with her beloved espoused Joseph in great peril. Favor isn't fair! Mary was chosen for a reason, and despite all these realizations Mary replied," Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word."
The impossibility of the immaculate conception was achieved through the yielding will of the virgin Mary. Seminaries are struggling still with this nugget of faith. The very existence of our faith is based on believing the possibility of an impossibility. Once I realized this, I had an easier time with faith in general. For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Have a Merry Christmas as you take the opportunity to
celebrate Jesus with others!
26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. Lk 1:26-38