In Luke 1:35-37, the Christmas story really gets interesting when the angel tells Mary what is about to happen.
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you."
Mary is now entrusted to bring the "son of God" into the world. An unmarried teenage mother is part of God's plan to bring hope to the world.
A naked helpless child in a manger was God's plan to free man from the debt of his sinful choices. How can this be?
It seems impossible that a teenage girl would just happen to wake up pregnant.
"No mother, I did not break my vow of purity." "Dad, you know me better than that!"
"Then Mary, you tell us how this could have happened." Scripture never reveals this conversation, but it had to have been a doozy.
Mary's father's veins probably bulged out of his neck and forehead. His face probably turned red with fury. He wanted to deal with whoever had disgraced his little angel.
Mary's mother probably screamed and then in mid sentence broke down and wept harder than she had ever wept in her life. A cry so deep it hurt her soul.
How could this happen, was the question of the day?
Mary is engaged to an honorable man. He is a great catch and she will be married soon. Joseph has got the girl of his dreams convinced he is the best man in town. The families of this soon to be married couple take pride in all that they have done right.
"This is good," they say when they reflect on what Mary and Joseph have.
You can see the fairy tale ending before the marriage has begun, but then out of the blue the picture perfect plan is ruined. We can picture this scene and it scares us to put ourselves in the place that any one of these characters find themselves in.
Life is like this sometimes. It hits us hardest when we are in the "smell the roses" seasons.
Mary asks the question, "How?" You may be asking God questions today that are much like those asked in this story. How are you going to work this thing out God? How are you going to change this impossible situation? How could you ever love me God? These are questions that everyone asks at one time or another when they are hanging on to the last knot at the end of the rope.
God was gracious to give Mary the response He did in Luke 1:37, "For nothing is impossible with God." It seems that "how" is politely described as God's business.
Look back on life's tough times. Would you have really wanted to know the full plan of God or was His daily presence and guidance the support you really needed?
Nothing is impossible for God. A healthy marriage is not an impossibility. Your familiar failure is not an impossibility. Your emotional health is not an impossibility. An active working relationship with God is not an impossibility.
Never forget that the God of the universe loves to do the impossible and he also uses the improbable.
Mary is an example of both; maybe you can be as well.
Gordon Mularski is senior pastor of Treasure Coast Community Church, which meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. in the Jensen Beach High School Performing Arts Center, located at 2875 N.W. Goldenrod Road, in Jensen Beach.
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