26In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”29Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”34Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.” 

Luke 1:26-35

Imagine the thoughts that ran through Mary’s mind when Gabriel announced she would have a baby. You know the thoughts I mean — the ones that run through our conscious mind twice the speed of light; so fast they barely make an impression. And yet, there they are. When faced with impossibility, our minds naturally ask, “How can this be?” and then it provides the natural solutions of achieving the impossible.

If you have an impossible promise from God regarding your future, be assured the solution God has in mind does not contradict his written word. God’s plan for Mary’s conception was to break the laws of nature and accomplish it without Joseph’s involvement. Imagine the outcome if Mary had decided Gabriel’s announcement seemed too preposterous and she had worked out the details in a human way.

I am continually reminded that God’s ways are not my ways. His ways are imaginative and creative; sometimes he colors outside of the lines. In what ways are you wanting him to stay inside the lines of a carefully planned life? How can you let go and trust him in the next steps of your life?

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