She’s been on my mind this week as I wrap presents, plan to see The Nutcracker, listen to Christmas tunes, bake cookies and prepare fruit trays for class Christmas parties. She’s all wrapped up in the middle of this Christmas story.
I’ve been thinking about her even more when I complain to God about what He’s doing in my life (or sometimes not doing), or when I prepare my end-of-the-year prayer list for God and realize how much it’s beginning to sound like a Dear Santa letter.
Mary’s on my mind because the angel called her, “you who are highly favored!” and told her, “The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28, NIV 1984).
So often, I feel thoroughly humbled and honored that God gave me the care of my three precious daughters. Imagine how Mary felt to be asked to mother the Messiah.
She had found favor with God. Isn’t that what we desire? Not the accolades or rewards. Certainly God isn’t looking for another Savior’s mom. We do, however, long to please God and to bring Him joy. I want Him to peer into the deepest parts of my heart and rejoice in what He finds there, just as He did with a teenage girl named Mary long ago.
I love Mary’s sweet innocence as she stood amazed that she would miraculously be with child. Yet, the angel assured her, “nothing is impossible with God” and that was enough for her to believe (Luke 1:37).
If God wanted to stir up miraculous and impossible events in my life, I’d question and wonder, doubt, try hard to believe, believe for a moment, then feel incredulous again. It’d be a see-saw of faith and doubt.
But Mary believed the promise. “Nothing is impossible with God.” I want to believe that God can do the impossible this year.
Then there’s Mary’s submission to all that God wanted to do in her life. What the angel was asking wasn’t easy. We think of the honor of being mother to the Promised Messiah, and yet it was entangled with pregnancy, labor, loss of a girlish figure, potential conflict with her betrothed, and societal shame.
It was messy and hard and disruptive.
Sometimes that’s what God asks us to do, skip out on the easy and step up to the difficult. Mary was willing .Am I? Are you?
My memory verse for this week shows her heart:
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her (Luke 1:38)
I’ll be praying this week for a Mary heart in preparation for Christmas and for a new year.
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her upcoming book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, will be released in the Fall of 2013! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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