Nothing is impossible!
Today I read in Luke 1, the story of the angel Gabriel announcing the impending births of John the Baptist, and Jesus.
He first appeared to Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father. He told him that he and his wife Elizabeth would be given a precious son. It was their dream to have a child, and an answer to much prayer! (1:13).
Next Gabriel visited Mary’s home.
He announced to her the good news that she had been chosen to be the mother of the Messiah.
What struck me as I read these stories, was the vastly different responses of Zechariah and Mary – one pleased God and one did not.
Zechariah responded with doubt! He questioned whether the miracle would even happen, saying “How can I be sure this will happen, as I am an old man and my wife is well along in years”? Zechariah was looking at the situation in a natural way and saw human limitations …
Gabriel was not impressed.
He responded with a rebuke saying “I am Gabriel and I stand in the presence of God. I have been sent to speak to you and tell you this good news. But now you will be silent and not be able to speak until the day this happens because you did not believe my words which will come true at their proper time.”
Mary’s response was VERY different! (no wonder she found favour with God)
She said to Gabriel “How will this happen”?
Mary did not say “how do I know this will happen”?
… She said “how will this happen”?
Hers was a practical, even biological question – as she was still not yet married.
The angel explained that the Holy Spirit would overshadow her, making it possible for her to conceive. Mary believed for the miraculous! She responded “I am the Lord’s servant, may this be to me as you have said”.
As I read these two differing responses, I felt very challenged.
When it comes to pursuing my dreams and “impossible” situations, will I respond more like Mary or Zechariah?
I want to be like Mary!
Gabriel also reminded Mary of God’s faithfulness to back up ALL His promises saying “for with God nothing is impossible”.
So today, my question is “What are your ‘impossible’ dreams”?
God is stirring your heart to be more like Mary than Zechariah!
Remember this – His name is “Faithful and True”.
The dreams and promises He has given to you, He will back!!! No matter how “impossible” they look.
Be like Mary knowing that with God “nothing is impossible”. (Luke 1:37)