Mary was given the assignment of birthing the King of the universe. She would bring forth, with great pain, the Savior of the world. She was favored, chosen, and obedient to her purpose. She acquiesced immediately. What a beautiful model of submission.
I love the first words spoken to Mary by the Angel Gabriel, “Greetings favored woman. The Lord is with you.” Favored. The angel spoke words of life and love over her. He was saying, “Mary you are special, you are being treated with partiality, you are privileged, you are chosen.” And then the comfort of the Lord is with you. Ah – relief – comfort in this calling on her life.
Two things come to mind from this passage of scripture. First, what has the Lord asked you to birth through your life in the coming days? Second, how are you following Mary’s example of Yes Lord! Surrendering is not always easy. The sin nature and flesh demand our attention and satisfaction. It wants its way. However, when we are open and honest with the Lord about our struggle to surrender, he graciously helps us take baby steps (or maybe leaps) toward new life, new hope, and new possibilities that await us.
Mary’s honesty in her question, “How can this be, since I am a virgin”? rings true in all our hearts and minds – particularly in those areas that seem impossible to change or overcome in the moment.
In my own life, the Lord asked me to write a book. My response was pretty much the same as Mary’s. “How can that be? I am not a writer.” When I finally said yes, the grace, goodness, and instruction from the Lord was available through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The possibility of a book baby was born for my growth and good and for the great glory of God. This was not something I ever considered in my life, but God did.
What is it for you? 2022 is right around the corner. Have you asked the Lord… what would you like to birth in me in this coming year? Is it a long-held dream? Is it learning to slow down? Is it going back to school? Is it reconciling a broken relationship? The answer lies between you and God.
My prayer is for you recognize and pay attention to those longings and desires – whatever they may be. They are there for a reason and I believe God wants to do a new work in and through you this coming year.
May the Christ who is our Savior and Lord bless you and keep you through this Christmas season!