We are now on the fourth and final week of our journey with Mary. Feel free to catch up by reading the previous three entries, Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3. They are pretty quick reads.
Last week we were given the encouragement and reminder that we are not alone in the tasks that God has for us. He is with us, Father , Son and Spirit. That's good news.
This week we wrap up with verse 38. Just as a reminder, let's re-read the entire passage.
"In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
In verse 38, Mary's response to the angel sums up the question which I posed as the title of this series, the question of "Seriously, Mary, Did you know?" Those 12 little words in her response "I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled." clearly convey that she got it. She, as much as humanly possible, grasped the magnitude of what was going to be accomplished through her, a young unwed girl.
She heard the greeting. She asked the needed questions. She listened to the response and she believed.
What an example to each of us when we are given a directive from the Lord.... that we would hear, ponder, listen and believe. Sometimes we do one of these elements really well, but we falter in other areas. Some days we listen, but don't really believe the mission at hand. Or what about believing God will do a mighty work through us, but neglecting His directions, that can be just as detrimental.
Mary did all of these so well. Oh, that we would learn from her example.
I read this today from Oswald Chambers devotional My Utmost For His Highest.
“…I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ….” So much Christian work today has never been disciplined, but has simply come into being by impulse! In our Lord’s life every project was disciplined to the will of His Father. There was never the slightest tendency to follow the impulse of His own will as distinct from His Father’s will— “the Son can do nothing of Himself…” (John 5:19). Then compare this with what we do— we take “every thought” or project that comes to us by impulse and jump into action immediately, instead of imprisoning and disciplining ourselves to obey Christ."
If we could imagine ourselves sitting with Mary, hanging out and asking her if she knew what an incredible son she would have, I think she would say this...... oh wait...SHE DID!
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
And I believe that we, listening to Mary praise God, would say as Elizabeth said to her
"Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Friends, Blessed are YOU when you believe that the Lord will do what He says. Blessed are YOU when you believe that the Lord will see you through and never leave you or forsake you. Blessed are YOU in your humble estate, who are ready to listen, obey and believe.
Be blessed friends. Be blessed!
I love you in the Lord. It has been a joy journeying with you over these past weeks. See ya next week!
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A collection of writings from a life based on the truth that about midnight anything can happen.
As an imperfect servant of the Lord, I often feel I am fumbling my way through life, looking upward for guidance and outward to love. So, I write about it, to break up the noise in my head.