“Marty” the Moose
Yesterday I attended “A Holiday Moosical” – a Christmas presentation of the K-2 classes at the elementary school our granddaughter attends. She was singing along with scores of other children her age or slightly older. The production featured a selection of songs, a costumed cast with segments of monologue, and told the story of “Marty,” a moose who longed to fly and join the reindeer in pulling Santa’s sleigh. But alas, as everyone knows, a moose cannot fly (Never mind the disconnect with nine northern caribou specially gifted in this regard).
As the story unfolds we learn that Christmas is “A Time for Miracles” if only we believe. Eventually our star Moose comes to believe. Marty (an antler-bedecked 2nd-grader) runs back and forth across the stage gaining momentum then exits stage left as all the others point and stare skyward presumably tracing the arc of Marty’s flight trajectory. Applause all round…
Thing is, you see… they got a lot of things right! Christmas – that first Christmas — is indeed the event that makes things we thought “impossible,” possible — as the angel Gabriel assured Mary, “Nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37). And indeed a prerequisite is that we believe.
But God is not a genie in a bottle kept handy in a believers back pocket. Like the angel’s message to Mary it is God Who gives the assignment, and it is God Who selects the agent through whom He wishes to work. Our bit is belief and obedience… a willingness to give ourselves to Him for His use, to respond as did Mary “I am the Lord’s servant… May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38).
As they say on the shopping channels, “But wait! There’s more!” In regard to this Jesus said something quite shocking. He said,
“Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 13:12-14).
What “impossible” thing is He asking you to do?
Remember what we said yesterday, “If you want to know the power of the Holy Spirit, glorify Christ.”