Whoever said life is not easy was wrong, totally wrong. Life is sometimes extremely hard, painful, and impossible to endure.
And we mistakenly look for this time of year to change that. Christmas was meant to be the most wonderful time of the year. If that’s so, why is the suicide rate at its highest during this season?
Maybe the reason is because while most are singing, shopping and decorating, others are in a different place. They’re sinking in heartache. The season’s festivities intensify their grief, while
believing they’re the only ones suffering, lonely or lost.
And those sentiments, like a brick wall, build up, creating a barrier impossible to overcome.
Have you been there?
We all have. When adversity of any kind barges in, our focus goes to the circumstance, the challenge, and the obstacle.
And when this happens, we throw on our let-me-solve-this cape. Then with flawed determination, we charge to fix what is in the way. But rather than success, we often come crushing down in defeat.
The reason is because this is not God’s way. His way might be to allow things to fall apart in such a way that we have no option but to trust in him. To come to him for help. And to seek his answers.
It was impossible, or was it?
That’s why God chose an impossible situation to tell us, no, change that, to show us that with him, impossibilities are no barriers at all. For example, an older woman, barren for many years is now pregnant? Impossible. And a girl, pure and a virgin, pregnant? Impossible.
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:34-37).
That “nothing is impossible” includes your own situation, your struggle and your pain. And like Mary, you see that scenario as impossible. Mary couldn’t see the logic. We don’t either. Mary saw the circumstance instead. We see our own, too. Mary questioned how it could be. And so, do we.
But then Christmas happened. God Himself came to earth in the flesh so we would not have a doubt that He’s here for our impossibilities. He’s here for those moments of anguish when life is too much. He’s here, alive to shield us from our destructive anxiety.
But to allow him to work that into our circumstance, we must avoid these three traps:
1. Toss out all poor me. We have the King of Kings, the creator of the universe to lift us to the mountain of victory. How will he manage that? We don’t need to know the how, only need to declare that He will.
2. Don’t look at the circumstance. Instead, focus on the certainty of His promise. His Word that says that with him all will turn around and miracles will happen.
3. Don’t give up. Perseverance is the secret to reaching the finish line, to win the prize and to receive the medal of triumph.
Let’s pray: Father, I confess my failure to believe in the miracles you promise. Thank you for your patience with me as I wait to see my impossible situation turn to an immense miracle. In Jesus’ name.
What impossibility will God make possible for you today?
Janet P. Eckles