How Can This Be? - In His Grip - Week of Dec. 28, 2015

How Can This Be? Journey to Christmas
by Sharon W. Betters

How can this be - that our son and his friend died in this car accident?  How can this be that I haven't talked to Mark or seen him or touched him or ruffled his hair or heard his laugh in a week, a month, a year?  Ten years?  Almost twenty years? 

How can this be...?

Perhaps you have asked this question when your husband announced he didn't love you any more, or your daughter declared her independence from your faith, or your mother suddenly died, or you lost your job.

Sometimes it's a rhetorical question - we don't really expect an answer.  Other times, we can barely whisper the words or perhaps cannot scream them any louder.  HOW CAN THIS BE?

Mary, the teenager chosen by God to bear His Son, asked this very same question after the angel announced her pending pregnancy to her. How can this be since I am a virgin?

The angel's explanation creates more questions:

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 gong 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.

Can you imagine her confused face, possibly her, "Huh?!!"

Ok, so, Angel, or whomever you are, I have no clue what you're talking about. Can you tell me anything else?

Remember, this account is from an eyewitness.  The only human eyewitness is Mary.  There may have been more to the conversation, but this is what Mary told Luke.  And this account is what God wants us to think through. 

Accepting the angel's explanation required faith.  Supernatural, undefinable, inexplicable faith.

I believe that's true about most of God's answers to the question, "How can this be...?" Especially when it's asked in the context of great loss or dramatic, traumatic upside down changes in our lives.

Mary is not the first one to ask this question. [More http://www.treasuresofencouragement.org/}

In His Grip,
Sharon W. Betters
Executive Director
MARKINC Ministries

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