(This is Meg signing in!) I’ve enjoyed reflecting on Mary’s perspective of her miraculous pregnancy.
Mary was an ordinary young woman, chosen by God. I love what Nina discussed yesterday
about being able to relate to Mary’s reaction in seeking fellowship, even though there is so much about how God was moving in her life that is way beyond our understanding.
As I am finishing up my second-to-last semester of law school and looking forward to the next step, God has reminded me (repeatedly, as is often required) of something important. There is much more going on than what I can see or understand. If I let my gaze fall from Him, I will be sucked into believing that this flat, limited “reality” that I can see is the extent of what I have to hope for.
Mary’s life is a perfect example of God’s power moving in an ordinary life that is submitted to Him. I want to pass along two thoughts on God’s miraculous power in our lives:
My aunt recently shared this: “When you pray, expect the immediate activity of God. Perhaps seen, likely unseen.” Whatever it is in your life that pushes you to fall on your knees, to yearn and plead with God for supernatural intervention, pray for it and know He is moving. I love the Message version of Romans 8:26-28 –
… the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Mary had only a tiny glimpse of God’s enormous plan for her life. Yet she rejoiced in God her Savior from the depths of her soul! In my own life, I am frequently unhappy with just a glimpse. Perhaps it is because I doubt God’s power to move if I can’t see it happening.
Which brings me to the second thought I want to share, from Beth Moore: “Regardless of how long we’ve been Christians and how deeply we’ve studied God’s Word. Most of us don’t really believe down in the marrow of our bones that God is entirely, wholeheartedly, and unwaveringly on our side.” It comes down to actually believing what He has promised in scripture and demonstrated through continuing faithfulness. The Angel told Mary of God’s future plans and I have yet to understand it fully, even after reading the story dozens of times:
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 of the house of Jacob forever;
his kingdom will never end.