Mustard Seed Planting: Making the Impossible Possible

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.

Please join Rebecca and me as we share how God is using His Word to change us this Christmas season. Link up or leave a comment here or at Mom’s Mustard Seeds. Merry CHRISTmas!

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Photo credit: Alan Cleaver

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20 Responses to Mustard Seed Planting: Making the Impossible Possible

  1. Jessica says:

    You were right! This did make me smile! God is so good & He does care about our wants!

  2. Kela says:

    Reading your words truly gripped my heart! Its way too easy to forget that God has promised good to His children.
    I’m sure that this experience made ya a little bolder in standing in faith, huh?!

  3. Jason says:

    I’m so glad your kid could have that toy! :)

    Great post…we so often downplay the fact God can do anything. The impossible doesn’t exist to Him!

  4. Sonita Lewis says:

    Oh Jennifer! I’m crying! (Cause I’ll weepy and girly like that!)

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Jennifer, what a great way for our Father to tell you….”He sees and cares about….even the little stuff…and we can trust him with the big stuff’…..our ways would be easy…his ways are not our ways….and me…oh how I struggle with that!!! LOVE YOU! Give that Roo a big hug from me!

  6. Jenn says:

    Oh my, how I struggle with this too. Even though God has it all taken care of already, instead of giving it over to Him and leaving it there, I take it back and try to figure it out myself! To think that He knows every hair on our head and that “all our days are ordained for us before even one of them came to be” is an amazing truth! Merry Christmas!

  7. That is one of my favorite verses, also. I am so glad Roo got her toy, she is going to really enjoy that! :)

  8. Holly Nelson says:

    Being a single mom, and very poor in the early days, I had nothing to give my three boys. Each birthday and Hanukkah was approached with anxiety, as I had no resources to provide that extra special gift. Each time, God provided a miracle!

    One of my sons woke up to a bike on our front porch every year on this birthday. We still have NO idea who our provider was, besides his Father, in Heaven.

    One year, a woman we barely new, got her whole Mary Kay team to pitch in for our big feast, and really lovely presents for each of us.

    Many times, believe it or not, God provided my kids toys, as they lay on top of someone’s trash pile. One person’s trash, became my kids favorite gifts, after a little elbow grease, repair, or fresh paint.

    My boys (and me) have learned more about our Father and His love for us over the years due to our need, than we would have if things had been easy.

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