The other night I was reading from the book of Luke to my ten year old son. I was sharing with him the true historical events that occurred regarding the birth of Jesus. Since there is so much talk about Santa and Olaf (snowman) this time of year, I thought it was important to remind him of what really happened and why we celebrate Christmas.
This time reading Mary’s response, of being told she would conceive Jesus, had suddenly stood out to me.
Luke 1:38 says, “Behold the maidservant of The Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”
Another translation says, “I am the Lord’s servant, May your word to me be fulfilled.”
I was amazed on how Mary was so obedient and willing. I imagine her being young and at first really afraid. She was no doubt astonished by the glorious angel, and then she naturally questioned, “How can this be, for I am a virgin?” She questioned just like we often do. “Why did my car break down today?”, “How can I share my testimony with them?”, “Why didn’t I get that raise?” Or even “Why did they have to leave so soon, God?”
It’s ok to sometimes question and ask the Lord why or how. I’m sure Mary had a million other questions as we have had in our own lives. She knew this was going to be difficult because of the persecution ahead. What would Joseph say? What would her family say? Imagine trying to explain that one to your fiancé. Back then women who had babies outside of marriage were despised, some even put to death. Despite all that, she was still willing. She was obedient and she was joyful. Not because of the difficulty she would endure, but she was joyful that God would use her. God wants to use you for something great. Are you willing?
As I shared with my son, I will share with you. We need to be like that! We need to be ready to do whatever the Lord has called us to, even if it seems hard or impossible. Mary was completely surrendered to God. Knowing how difficult it would be, she still rejoiced in the Lord. Mary knew she was blessed to be used for His glory.
Hebrews 12:1b-2 “…and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
As we face our own trials and difficulties or whatever God sets before us, may we remember how the Christmas story started. Mary surrendered her womb, her heart, and her everything to God, knowing and trusting and believing that “with God nothing will be impossible”.
My prayer is that we would do the same in truly surrendering our lives to God’s will for us.