One of my favorite verses appears in the Christmas story as told by Luke:
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (NIV1984)
Nothing is impossible. But I act as if that’s not true. I fret and worry about having true needs taken care of and don’t often ask for wants because those haven’t been promised. I have so much to learn.
A few weeks ago, I learned (through Roo’s Sunday school teacher) that Roo wanted a certain toy for Christmas. My heart sank because I knew exactly which toy she was talking about, and it was not in the Christmas budget. I didn’t even pray about it. It wasn’t a need, it wasn’t in the budget, end of story. I even went so far as to end the suspense and tell her that she was not getting that for Christmas unless God did something big. I suggested that maybe she could get one for her birthday, and that was that.
Then, last night, we had one of our family Christmas gatherings. The girls each received a gift from certain family members, and each had a Target gift card attached. Of course, they wanted me to take them to Target today because they had to spend those gift cards. Roo originally wanted a game but realized she already had it, so we headed to the toy aisles. Her second choice was a Littlest Pet Shop toy, but they didn’t have a set she really fell in love with. She asked to look at the Barbies.
I’m not sure how it happened, but we never made it to the Barbie aisle. We turned the corner and saw the toy she thought she had to have for Christmas. It was on sale, but it still cost almost twice what her gift card was worth. But right next to it was a smaller version of the toy, and it did most of the things the larger toy did—the things Roo was dreaming of. There was no price on the shelf under the toys, and I was sure it was out of her price range. I took it to a scanner anyway and checked the price. I couldn’t believe it. It was on sale! We headed to the checkout lanes.
I fought tears as we walked through the store. God had done something big, even though I hadn’t asked.
In following the promises for provision to the letter, I had forgotten the spirit behind them. I had left out the love—the same love that caused God to send an impossible Gift to the world on the very first Christmas. His love still makes the impossible possible today.
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