Imagine for a moment that you’re a rather ordinary young girl living in a rather ordinary small town. You’re doing rather ordinary things on a rather ordinary day when all of a sudden, an angel appears out of nowhere and gives you a really very incredibly extra-ordinary message: you will soon give birth to God’s Son.
How on earth would you react? Think about that as you read Mary’s story …
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.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 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, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon 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.”
So how did Mary react? Did she freak out? Run away? Try to pursue some other plan?
Nope. She trusted God.
“I am the Lord’s servant.” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38)
May our answer be the same whenever God calls us, no matter the personal cost.
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