Mary, Did You Know?
Updated: Oct 9, 2019
For unto us, a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Mary, Did You Know?
Mary leans down and takes a breath to blow out a candle. As she lifts the candle to her mouth she repeats the events of the day, her other hand reaches up to gently rub her check thinking about how Joseph caressed it earlier today when it was time to part ways. He kept turning around and waving at her like an idiot. When he tripped over the log she fell into hysterical giggles. She couldn't help but think about their wedding and becoming his wife.
All of a sudden the air around her changes. She sets the candle down. Her hand flies to her heart. What is that? There is some kind of unnatural light glowing from across the room coming closer to her. Her heart is beating out of her chest and she can barely breathe.
“Greetings Mary, you are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Its voice is loud and it speaks with power like it knows a secret she doesn’t know. She covers her eyes and then sneaks another look. It is still there! Mary can’t help herself, she begins to stare and her mouth falls open. The creature is beautiful! It is somehow wearing light as an outfit. The space around it glows and its eyes look kind. Could this be an angel?
“Don’t be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”
Mary’s fright slips down the worry scale from a certain heart-attack to just fainting instead.
“You will be with child and give birth to a son. And you are to give him the name Jesus.” The angel continues.
Mary begins to relax just a tad about the majestic creature in her bedroom and for a split second she begins to focus on what it is saying...a child! Joseph and I are going to have a special child. It is funny how fast the mind can move. Mary was picturing Joseph holding this boy and her heart fluttered. Oh, how she was looking forward to being a mother. God was going to bless them with a special child!
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” At these words, the angel seemed to float a little higher and seemed to take great pride in this announcement. This was the job he had been waiting for and it felt amazing to make his glorious revelation at last.
Mary sensed it was her turn to speak! She was very confused at this point. The angel was not talking about Joseph’s child, but the son of God. Her mind was racing! What does this mean? How can it be? She could feel her blood pumping through her body faster than it had ever pumped before. She felt the hairs on her arms stand up. Somewhere in her heart, she is glad, she wants this honor, but her mind is stuck in the how? “Uhm, sir, Mr. Angel, how can this be since I am a virgin?” There she asked it...the obvious question. She looks down embarrassed to be having this conversation with a heavenly being.
The angel answers, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and 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 barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
Mary’s mind plays flashes to the past and what God has done for his people. She pictures the Red Sea parting and her ancestors
walking to safety, her mind is flooded with God’s love and provision for his people. Maybe I can be a part of God's plan just like Moses. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answers with more confidence than she feels. “May it be to me as you have said.”
Then the angel left her.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes it is hard to think of the people of the Bible as actual real people. It is easy to think they had some kind of secret powers. It is easy to think of them as the superheroes of the past. There is a temptation to believe those people had it different than we have it. God is helping me to see “those people” were just like you and me. In fact, many of the people God used to carry out his will were very ordinary people. They had the choice to follow him or not... just like we do. It is accepting his calling and joining his work that turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.
I’ve heard the song Mary Did you Know a million times, but this year was different for me. I really stopped to think about the Lord's plans and what he has in store for those of us that love him. There is so much of the future we simply do not know, just like Mary. Mary didn’t fully understand the work the Lord would accomplish through her willingness to do in his will. Mary knew the one next step the Lord had for her. She didn’t know the whole plan, just her small part. Just like Mary, sometimes we don’t see the whole picture and how God weaves the small details of our lives together to serve his purpose and his will. He will, however, make our next step clear and it usually involves a step of faith on our part. What is your one next step? What is your part in the work of God’s kingdom? When God nudges you or asks you to join him in his work, how will you respond? Will you respond like Mary, when she says, yes to giving birth to the King of Kings, may it be to me as you have said? Or will you begin with a list of reasons why maybe God should choose someone else? The way I see it, only one small step of faith is separating you from becoming a character in the best story ever!
Luke 1:46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in the God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
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