Have you ever considered the story of Mary. You know the story. An Angel appeared to her, then the Holy Spirit came upon her. She was not married. She knew that she could face being stoned for being pregnant without being married. She knew she could lose Joseph. Yet, she said: “I am the Lord’s servant, ” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 38)
As I sit here typing and reading my Bible I realize that Mary was born at a time when most girls were expected to help their Mothers take care of the men in the home…and that care meant there was no time for play. They were not educated as boys…
Yet, this young girl she had a deep love for God. Her words seem so soft. She had to know what would happen. Her love was evidence that her parents had taken great care to teach her, train her and be submissive;not only to them but to God.
As I read Mary’s words and consider this path that she took I wonder, could I be like her? I wish I could say YES. But, I wonder if fear would grip me to the bones and keep me from receiving the gift that no other Mother would ever be asked to receive and then give to the world.
I look at my own children. I see daily the work and effort (and submission to God’s will) it takes on the part of a parent to grow a child, to teach them, yet know that only God can truly reach their hearts. I do not like to see them hurt at all. And I wonder, as Mary stepped forward..and looked back over her life, the words she had heard from birth did she see the end to an old way of living and understand the one she was about to begin? I have to think that she did.
This week, as I look back and begin to look forward, I consider Elizabeth’s words as Mary walks into her home-another woman, on the opposite end of the age spectrum-giving birth to the one who would make the way for Jesus. Surely, she too knew the fate of her son. And while both women had to know, they rejoiced. They did not sit and quiver and ask God to use their sons, but spare them the pain to be had. They submitted and rejoiced.
Elizabeth said it so beautifully….
“But why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me. As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1: 43-45
What about you? What do you think? Do you think they knew? Have you stepped out…and even knowing what is ahead….gave praise and rejoiced? Do you believe the Lord will fulfill his promises to you, too?