Thursday, December 11, 2014
And then I trust...
"28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her." Luke 1:28-38
Every Christmas my heart always finds it's way back to Mary. The birth of Christ is easily the most remarkable event in human history. God became man in order to reconcile us to himself. What great lengths, heights and depths is the Father's love for us.
I often find myself thinking of Mary's response to the angel when he said, "You will conceive and give birth to a son." First, imagine what all this meant for her. She would be ostracized. She would be labeled. She would be scorned. Joseph may not want her. Her life would no longer be her own. She would certainly lose friendships. She would lose her family. She would probably lose her fiancé. And yet Mary answered in complete submission to the Lord, "I am the Lord's servant. May your word to me be fulfilled."
She didn't argue. She didn't protest because this was going to wreck her life. She didn't assume her life was her own. She simply submitted herself to the Sovereignty of God and said yes to the work of the Holy Spirit.
How many blessings do we miss because what God may be trying to do in our lives makes us uncomfortable? How many times do we forfeit God's plan for our own, simply because of our pride and self-approved arrogance? We think we know what's best for us and can back it up with scripture. But sometimes what God has planned for us isn't comfortable, it isn't easy, it isn't just and it isn't fair. But it always brings about His work, in His way, in His time.
I want my heart to be like Mary's. When impossible decisions present themselves, when hard choices have to be made, when difficult lines have to be drawn, I want my heart to reflect Mary's heart. I want my heart to say, "May your word to me be fulfilled. I am the Lord's servant."
So, what if I make the wrong decision? What if I make the wrong choice? Draw the wrong line? Well, then I rest in the knowledge that God is Sovereign over my mistakes, too, and will make right my wrongs and will cause all things to work together for my good, if I continue to trust him and submit myself to His leading.
Today my heart desires to be like Mary. I don't want my decisions to be based on my own heart's desires, but rather to be based on what God desires for me. And then I trust him...
Only By His Grace,