Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Today’s guest post comes from a woman who is so near and dear to my heart—my mom! She’s pretty amazing and I’m so excited to share her with you all today….
For centuries, Mary has been idolized, worship and revered. She has become so holy, that to many, she’s no longer even a real person.
Like most of the stars of the Bible, the truth is that she was just an ordinary young woman.
Tradition says that Mary was probably about 15 years old when the angel Gabriel came to visit her.
On that day, she probably had her “to-do” list, just like we do, of things that she hoped to accomplish on that particular day.
She was probably a typical young girl with secret dreams and hopes for her life.
Her parents probably loved her very much and wanted God’s best for their precious Hebrew daughter.
And then the angel came to her—everything dramatically changed.
You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you. She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.
Luke 1:28-31 (MSG)
Have you ever noticed that whenever an angel appears in the Bible, they always start with “Do not be afraid….” These magnificent beings must have quite the entrance into the world. Frightening and wonderful.
An angel and an unexpected pregnancy, this is my idea of a BIG surprise.
By the time that Gabriel left, Mary was pregnant with a promise—a promise from the Most High God—she would become the mother of God’s one and only Son.
Yet, even in the world of the miraculous, Mary had to carry the baby for the full nine months of pregnancy. She had to face the reality of telling her fiancé, Joseph, her parents and her best friend. She went through labor and delivered her baby, just like women have for thousands of years.
Mary said YES to God, to His plan, His promise, His pregnancy. She had to walk daily trusting in the promises of God. The promise grew in her, stirred her belly and when she was close to 9 months, the pregnant promise of God changed the way she walked.
One of the things that I love about Mary is that she is one of us. Busy, loving God, loving life and God comes to her.
What I love about God in this story, is that once again, God is willing to work in the lives of imperfect people, to further His plan for all of eternity.
Do you think that she could have ever imagined what would end up happening to her and her story? She is the most famous woman in all of human history.
Mary becomes my role model when she takes time in her busy schedule to talk to the messenger of God. She listens to the promise and says YES. She had no idea what that would mean for her or of even for OUR life. Rather than focusing on her inadequacy or insufficiencies, Mary focuses on the greatness of God.
Christmas is not just the celebration of the birth of a baby in the manger, but Christmas is the promise of the coming of the King of Kings and Lord of Lord. Christmas is the celebration of a miraculous God who works through imperfect people.
He challenges us to be willing to receive His plans, and His promises. We have the easy task of saying Yes to God Almighty and trust God to work out the details.