You’re a young girl, engaged to the man of your dreams, life is amazing, and then…. you get pregnant. And it’s not his.
Stop for just a moment and imagine what you would be feeling, what you would be saying, what you would be hearing….
This probably wouldn’t be the highlight moment of your life.
Your soon to be husband would probably leave you, your family might disown you, and your friends – well – no longer friends. Life is all of a sudden not so amazing.
But for Mary all was well. But not because of her. Because God.
God sent an angel to Joseph to let him know to go through with the wedding, and Mary hadn’t been cheating on him. Mary’s family was excited and she gained more friends and support than she could’ve ever imagined.
We’ve probably heard the story of the virgin birth a bazillion times. Yet, something new popped out for me this year.
So, in Luke chapter one, an angel comes to visit Mary to tell her she’s going to have a baby. And not just any baby, but the son of God. And it’s not going to be Joseph’s. Here’s the part that jumped out at me: She says, “I am willing to be used of the Lord. Let it happen to me as you have said.” (Luke 1: 38 NLV)
“Let it happen to me as you have said.”
Did you catch that? She didn’t freak out, fuss, argue, complain, or throw a fit. She said, “I am willing.” How many times has life thrown us a curve ball and we’ve just said, “I am willing.” I’m pretty sure I’ve never said that. HA!
Yet, I’m also pretty sure that when that curve ball is from God, if we choose to go with the flow and allow God to do his thing, then all will be well (not meaning perfect, but well).
Mary had her baby. Not at home with a midwife, but in a barn far from home with Joseph (who was probably freaking out, right?!?!). And the baby was perfect – literally. All was well.
I’m willing to learn a lesson from Mary this year. When God tugs at my heart, or calls me to a higher purpose, perhaps next time I’ll go willingly, knowing the one who hung the stars is working on my behalf.
I encourage you to open the Christmas story again for yourself this year. Perhaps something new might pop out at you too!
With peace and love,
If you need encouragement this Christmas season, reach out! To me, to someone you love, a friend. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you could do today.