“Do you believe in Santa Claus?” the other kids asked. Of course I did. My parents told me he lived in the North Pole and brought gifts to the good kids. I hung on to that belief until fourth grade when Santa left me a doll under the Christmas tree. Only I’d seen that very doll in my own mother’s closet.
My husband and I didn’t do Santa Claus, but my brother and his wife are still holding on, choosing to hope that their 5th grader believes in Santa. We all know she knows, but for the sake of her younger siblings, no one mentions it.
In the opening chapters of Luke, we see something much bigger to believe in than a man who rides a sleigh powered by flying reindeer. An angel visits Mary to announce that she will give birth to the Son of God. He also brings news that her cousin Elizabeth is expecting a child in her old age. Two miraculous births: one to a virgin, one to an elderly woman.
Mary amazes me because she believes the angel. If it had been me, I would have said, “What? You’ve got to be kidding! Because, um, that’s impossible.”
Mary responds simply: “How will this be?” She doesn’t ask IF it’s going to happen. She asks HOW it will happen. And apparently she believes enough to pack her bags and make the trip to visit Elizabeth.
Hidden in this story are two nuggets of truth for you and me:
This past year I prayed for greater faith. Our family faced some impossibilities that it made it hard to believe God would come through. So I prayed desperately for more belief. And you know what? God provided every need and showed Himself to me in unexpected ways. When I look back at what He did for me this year, I know God is real. With Him, everyday miracles are still a thing.
What impossibilities are you facing today?
Maybe you’re finding it hard to hold on to hope in a world of violence. Maybe you can’t shake anxiety and fear. Perhaps depression, worry, or stress has you down.
Let’s breathe in deep this December and keep choosing belief.
God’s Word is full of promises. He will come through for us. Listen to His words:
Do not fear, for I am with you. (Isaiah 41:10)
My peace I give to you. (John 14:27)
I heal the broken-hearted. (Psalm 147:3)
My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9)
I will meet all of your needs according to my riches in glory. (Phil. 4:19)
I have plans to bless you and give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
God’s words to us will never fail. No matter what your need is, God will show up to meet it.
He showed up for us in the person of Jesus Christ, the God Man who shed His blood to pay the price for our sins. He shows up for us every day in the person of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and Teacher who never leaves us.
We are not alone. There’s no darkness too big for God’s light, no fear too great for His love, and no need He cannot meet. With Jesus at our side, we’re safe and cared for. We’ll have everything we need. We’re blessed when we believe.