To refresh your memory and renew your spirit, read the story of the birth of Jesus (Matthew chapter 1, and Luke chapters 1 & 2). Pray for these familiar words to fuel your faith and fill you with expectancy once again. I recently did this and today I come away with these words ringing in my heart,

“For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

The angel, Gabriel, to assure Mary of God’s miracle through her, spoke these words. Through the years I have faced impossible situations numerous times and reminded myself of this truth. If you are in a position today that appears to be impossible, I want to give you a few practical steps for impossible situations.

  1. Stop reviewing the impossibility of the situation and deliberately surrender it to Him. Mary’s response, “Be it done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) God’s resources are limitless and He has no boundaries. His word cannot fail. Will you take your impossible situation and say “be done to me according to your word?”
  2. Take the next step God puts in front of you. “Mary arose and went in haste to the hill country … and greeted Elizabeth.” (Luke 1:39-40) Position yourself to see and hear from the Lord. He will use godly people to confirm His word, speak truth, and encourage you. Who are listening to for counsel and advice in this hard place?
  3. Praise Him when you have no idea how things are going to all work out. Look upward instead of inward and concentrate your attention on Him. (Read Luke 1:46-55 and insert your name for “Mary.” Bow your knee, bow your heart, and praise Him as the Mighty One who has done great things for you!
  4. Participate with Him instead of resisting His will and way. “And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”  (Luke 2:7) The circumstances were not physically or emotionally comfortable but her spirit was compliant. Ask Him to give you grace and peace to do whatever the circumstance requires.
  5. Treasure and ponder God’s presence in your circumstances. Listen carefully, be discerning and prayerful. Be a learner of His ways. Think of all that is missed when we are preoccupied with changing the circumstances. “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) Don’t miss the bits and pieces of God’s presence with you!
  6. Present the impossible to the Lord. He allows this situation. Present it to Him with thanks. “They brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.” (Luke 2:23) This is His situation. Give it back to Him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank you for showing us how to react and receive the hope you give while we are in the midst of situations that seem to be impossible. Help us to remember, “For with God nothing is impossible.” Your presence turns impossibilities into eternal possibilities. Hallelujah! Amen.