Nothing is Impossible
There are a lot of things in life that seem impossible. Touching your tongue to your nose, putting your entire fist in your mouth, or licking your elbow. If you’re the motion challenge type, try lifting your right foot off the ground and circling it clockwise while trying to write the number six on a piece of paper. Don’t even… get me started on student debt. Getting out of student debt before I die, that seems impossible.
Stories about the impossible abound when we look for them. I’m always shocked when I hear about a barren couple who’ve tried everything to get pregnant and just cannot. Then they decide to adopt, make it through that situation, only to end up concieving a child themselves. The impossible was apparently possible.
The birth of Jesus is one of impossiblities on multiple levels. Mary’s relative Elizabeth is pregnant with John well beyond her child-bearing years (impossible) when the angel Gabriel visits and tells her that she’ll be pregnant herself with Jesus while remaining a virgin (Luke 1:26–38). It doesn’t exactly work that way. In fact, it doesn’t work that way at all… unless God is at work, and then he can do as he pleases.
That’s what makes God God and us not God. He’s able to use his God powers to do God things while we would use those same powers to do selfish things. Even more impossible, he used infinite power and authority to put aside that infinite power and authority and instead chose to take on the life of a human servant instead (Philippians 2:6–7) coming to serve instead of being served (Matthew 20:28).
God repeatedly does the impossible throughout scriptures and that’s a challenge to us. Elizabeth conceiving despite being too old to is impossible. The virgin birth of Jesus, impossible. Jesus laying aside his right to exercise God-powers seems so impossible. It’s only because the Holy Spirit was involved (the breath of God who breathes life into life itself) and because the power of the Most High was shadowing Mary through this season that the impossible happened. Mary experienced the presence of God in ways unimaginable simply because she chose a life of being the Lord’s servant and face impossibility.
So many people want to experience God without ever putting themselves into the situation to do so. They want to feel and see the power of God at work from a distance, safe and sound until they can confirm for themselves that what they’re seeing really is God at work. Sadly they’ll continue to watch from the sidelines never experiencing what it’s like to be on the field itself. The only way to experience the life God has waiting for us is to step into it.
This is what I know to be true: God is a God of impossiblity and danger offering us an epic adventure. Ge promises to be there every step of the way. It seems impossible to truly turn over every aspect of our lives to him, putting aside even our own ambitions and desires for his, but nothing could be further from the truth.
When we step up, God comes beneath us to hold us up.
When we step out, God comes alongside us to guide us.
When we step forward, God makes our way straight.
Be willing for God to do the impossible through you because you’re willing to put youself in impossible situations that point back to God.