One of the most persistent questions I’ve asked in life is “How?”
How will this happen?
How can it change?
How should I respond?
How can I keep hoping?
The “When?” question runs a close second, but this “How?” dilemma seems more frequent.
I found some real help one day, while reading the Christmas story about Mary, the mother of Jesus, asking this same “How?” when the angel told her she’d give birth to the Messiah.
How shall this be, since I’m a virgin?
The angel’s answer is what helped me
“The Holy Spirit will come on 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 going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
It sounds so simple, but at the highest level our answers come from God’s power not ours, His “Nothing is impossible,” and “No word will ever fail.”
I’ve memorized this passage and recite it during so many morning runs while running through my burdens and worries, wondering “How?” I like to finish by saying what Mary said, “Let it be done to me as thou has spoken.”
In this holiday week I’m believing with you for your answers to come, your hope to arise, and your confidence to grow even amidst your questions and waiting and wondering.
By Him, through Him, with Him. That’s how.