Love Came Down: The Possible Impossible

Love Came Down: The Possible Impossible

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For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)

I think this year for me has been a year of the above and the beyond. I have been blessed and fortunate enough to have travelled to the extreme wilderness of Iceland, organise a Christian event in Durham which was awarded the university’s Best Event of the Year, to have worked in Italian schools where classes have been almost unbearably chaotic and rowdy, and to have experienced the almost inexpressible peace and beauty of the Highlands of Scotland.

Wherever I have travelled to this year, I have been covered: all things worked out, in one way or another, so that I was not simply provided for, but provided for in excellence and abundance. It has been a year of more than I could have ever asked for or imagined. Looking back on it all, my heart overflows with thankfulness.

This is Our God: as the Message version puts it, who “pour[s] on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.” (1 Corinthians 9:8-11)

We see this extravagant generosity in the Christmas Story, the story of how Incomparable Love came down, and was born in a humble manger. To think that God, in all his might and fullness, would become smaller, to show His love for us, still sinners, is frankly outrageous. The Word became Flesh, the Infinite became an individual, the Creator became a baby, and God, from Highest Heaven, came down to a town where there was no room. What an inexpressible gift! However, I want to focus on Mary’s remarkable willingness to sacrifice herself, despite not understanding the situation, to allow God to work in and through her.

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” 

Mary, in this instance, despite circumstance and judgement and disgrace, chooses to believe in what God has in store. When our situation is on all fronts impossible, and the offers for internships all return turned down, when there is no room in the inn, no grapes on the vine, and no hope on the horizon, I choose to expect God to enter. For his word says nothing is impossible, and since this Word lives in me, then I choose to say like Mary, let it be to me according to your word.

In these days before Christmas as a new and seemingly impossible year approaches, this is what I am teaching my heart to remember. Remembering his faithfulness this year, and how my cup has never been empty, but has brimmed with blessing. I am fettering my mind to these words:

For nothing will be impossible with God.

These last few weeks I have been trying to decipher what I should be doing in January and February 2017, and have been waiting on God’s definite light on my path. While I had been weighing up moving away to Milan for an internship there, I thought perhaps staying at my current job would be more sensible, and was about to notify my boss that morning. However, that same morning my boss gave me unexpected news about my contract, and this for me, was sign of God choosing to close that door.

As someone who likes to plans things and know things in black and white, I was immediately plunged into the grey fogginess of uncertainty. However, it is here in the fog that I must choose to trust in the Light which guides my next step, waiting and hoping for his answer to my prayers, and expecting his overflow of goodness. 

When all doors at the inn seem closed, Love came Down. Therefore, in the bleak, or simply impossible, let us trust in the unfailing generosity of God With Us, expecting Him to do the impossible, just as he did on that first Christmas, in Bethlehem.

“Thank God for this gift, his gift. No language can praise it enough!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

For nothing will be impossible with God.”  And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)


Abi

Abi has lived in 5 countries, and had the joy of calling them all home. She is also a Modern Languages student at Durham University and is currently on her year abroad in Italy. She’ll be going to the Middle East in March where she hopes to grasp some more Arabic, and learn how to cook tabbouleh and stuff vines leaves along the way (which she will most definitely take photos of).

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