Glorious Impossibles.

And the angel told her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you. And the Holy Thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.”

What an amazing, what an impossible message the angel brought to a young girl! But Mary looked at the angel and said, “Be it unto me according to your word.”

And so the life of Jesus began as it would end, with the impossible. When he was a grown man he would say to his disciples, “For human beings it is impossible. For God nothing is impossible.”

Possible things are easy to believe. The Glorious Impossibles are what bring joy to our hearts, hope to our lives, songs to our lips. -Madeleine L’Engle

This week I have been busy, and being busy is hard on me. I have had a lot of meetings and church and baking and stuff going on lately, but it is encouraging to me that I have been handling it better than I sometimes do. I think the new job gives me enough space that I feel like I get time to myself in the afternoons, even when I am busy. Let’s hope I still feel that way next semester, when I am taking two classes on top of working. I can get stressed/overwhelmed pretty easily, and I get worked up about things, sometimes beyond what it seems like I can control (though I will admit that it has been much better in the past few years). And then they calm down, and everything seems fine. I was thinking about all of that today as I read this passage. It seems impossible to believe that I will ever be able to handle stress and my emotions in a more productive way. But, as Madeleine L’Engle points out, for God nothing is impossible.

Even more than that, I believe (Lord, help my unbelief) in so many Gloriously Impossible things. I take them on faith. What is a small thing like controlling my emotions to a God who walked this earth because he loves us? And so I continue to trust that these patterns will one day be broken. This, for me, is a tangible reason that Christmas is a time of hope: I can hope because there are real challenges (though certainly they are less perilous than those faced by many people in the world, that doesn’t make them less real to me) that I want to overcome, and though they seem impossible, the baby in the manger reminds me that the God who came to live as one of us can overcome any obstacles, no matter how impossible they look from my perspective.

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