“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. From Luke 1:38
The angel, Gabriel has just visited Mary and told her she will be pregnant with God’s Son, Jesus. If you remember, Mary is just a young girl, probably a teenager, and a virgin. She is engaged to a man, Joseph, but has never been with him, or any other man for that matter. And now all of the sudden she is going to be carrying God’s Son, her people’s Messiah. The Israelites have been waiting for Jesus for a long time, and now Mary finds out that that Messiah will come through her.
Mary’s entire life is about to be turned upside down. Instead of planning for a calm simple life with her fiance husband, she is about to be the object of shame and ridicule. Her entire community and family is going to view her as an adulterous woman. They are going to assume she cheated on Joseph or at best that her and Joseph couldn’t wait. Keep in mind that Mary lives in a day and age that adultery could be punished with stoning. I am sure she is afraid and a little overwhelmed. But Mary takes such a mature response to the angels words.
She submits. I don’t know about you, but I am a planner. I find I am the most calm when I can plan out my day/ week/ year and then have that plan fleshed out. What I do NOT like, is when my plans get turned upside down. I usually hate it when my plans are foiled and I have to adjust or throw them out the window. And to be honest, I am not quick to submit. Even when it’s clear that God is the one changing my plans, it’s usually quite hard for me to submit, and let go of my plans for His.
But I want to be begin to walk in Mary’s footsteps. I want to be a woman who daily submits. I want to tell God, “I want Your words to be fulfilled in me.” Even if it means my plans are turned upside down, even if it means I look foolish, I want to joyfully submit to God’s will for my life.
God, Your plans are higher than my plans. Your ways are higher than my ways. I am sorry for all the ways I fight your plans for me. Would you change my heart, would you come and make me willing and excited to submit to your will. Would your words be fulfilled in my life today.
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