|The Annunciation, Leonardo da Vinci, ca 1474|
Aside from Baby Jesus, of course, each Christmas season, I marvel about the faith, belief and obedience of sweet, young Mary.
Let’s just think about this for a second—you’re a young, teenage virgin about to get married, when all of a sudden, an angel comes to tell you that you’re going to have a baby. But, not just any baby, the Savior the world has been waiting for…talk about a lot to process!
What does Mary do? She asks the obvious question, “How can this be, since I’m a virgin?” And once she has her answer, she’s on board and ready to go.
If this were me, I would have had a lot more questions and a few suggestions—What will my parents and Joseph think of me? What will the neighbors say? Why don’t we just wait until I’m married? How about we rethink this whole manger birth?
But, these among many other reasons, is why God selected and destined Mary for the role of the lifetime. Sweet, faithful Mary was chosen by God to give birth to His Son.
My favorite exchange from when the angel visits Mary is towards the end when the angel says,
“For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.” (Luke 1:37, Amplified)
To which Mary replies, “Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said.” (Luke 1:38).
Mary put her fear, questions, anxiety, and doubts aside and chose to believe. Even though it wouldn’t be easy, people would talk, and many wouldn’t understand, Mary chose to follow, obey, and move forward believing that God’s way was the best way.