In the last few days, I have started an advent devotional. The first week of advent represents all the prophecies of a Promised King that would come. Israel believed that this promised Messiah would come in and conquer their enemies with the sword and claim his throne, yet Yahweh had different plans.
You see, Christ used a young girl named Mary who wasn’t even married and He opened up her womb. The more I have read this Christmas story, since becoming a mother, the more I see Mary too in the story.
Mary, a virgin girl, around 15 was visited by the angel Michael, who came and told her she would conceive a son, and she should name him Jesus. In Luke 1:29, it says that Mary was very troubled by these words. This is the verse that keeps sticking with me, as I try to put my place in her shoes. If I were Mary, I would have been terrified, frightened, and thinking am I going crazy? I would have probably argued back and forth with God, as well; especially, if I thought about the environment she would have to enter if anyone found out. The fact that if someone found out she would have been stoned or even cut out of her society, would have been my opposition. Yet, in verse 38, Mary says to the angel, “I am your servant…may your word be fulfilled as promised.”
It is within those few verses that I think we truly see Mary’s faith. Faith, that says Lord I’m all in. Faith, that says, even in the face of trial or tribulation, Lord lead me, and I will follow. This, my dear mothers and sisters in Christ, is the faith that I want to have, that I yearn for my kids to see and have.
Yet, so often, I get distracted by other things and I take my eyes off the one True King. You see, usually it is because I become fearful of judgement, ridicule, or even the loss of something or someone close to me if I obey and follow Him. Mary, just like the disciples and so many more, said “Yes Lord, I am your servant” and left everything behind and followed.
My prayer, as I have been studying advent and the Christmas story is that I keep my eyes on the one True King; that despite my sinful heart and selfishness I obey Him, follow Him, and have faith like that of Mary.
Lord, may we trust in your plans for our lives and be able to take the steps of faith that you call each one of us too.
Luke 1:26-39 – In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”[ And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.