As I looked back at the story in Luke this December I realized Mary is not so unlike me.
The angel came announcing Mary had the Lord’s favor. He immediately continued with “Do not be afraid.” Obviously Mary was showing signs of being afraid.
The angel explained what God had planned for her, for the salvation of nations, and for the eternal Kingdom of the Messiah. Mary got stuck at the first part.
I miss the important parts of what He says the first time, or several.
“How can I have a baby? I’m not that kind of girl!”
The angel tried again. He didn’t scold for her question. He answered. He gave evidence. He reminded “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” [Luke 1:37 KJV] or stated another way “For no word from God will ever fail.” [Luke 1:37 NIV]
Mary believed. She responded with a “Yes”. Mary submitted without fully understanding.
I love that! NO word from God will EVER FAIL! What a promise!
I believe. I say “yes”.
The Lord is patient with our doubt and questions, even our fear. He also doesn’t leave us with them.
God answered Mary’s question, not with more details. He answered with encouragement, reminders of who He is and what He can do.
I believe this so quickly encouraged Mary to agree because she knew her scripture. She knew the faithfulness and character of her miracle-working God. She was able to agree with the angels proclamation. “Yes, anything is possible with my God.”
So how do you say “yes” to the impossible?
- Ask your questions.
- Set aside your fears.
- Remember who you are saying “yes” to. What impossible things has He already done in your life? Meditate on the impossible things He recorded is scripture. Go back and remind yourself of who He is. Remind yourself of what His word is on the subject.