As the children and I have been going through our Advent calendar, I have been thinking about the life of Mary. There is one particular scripture that resonates with me, every time I read it. The story begins with Mary being greeted by the angel Gabriel, she is introduced to us as “a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph” Luke 1:27. Gabriel excitedly announces to Mary that she is the favored one, who will conceive a child that will be named Jesus, the Son of God! Luke 1:28-33.
I can imagine Mary being surprised, scared and a bit confused by the news. She was to be married to her beloved Joseph and now she’s pregnant by God! Who would believe her? Will Joseph believe her? What would others think of her? I would even suspect, that she had been ridiculed by those who did not believe nor wanted to understand.
The most amazing part of this story, is her response in Luke 1:28:
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
No matter how she felt, or the current circumstances; she decided to yield to the Lord. She gave her life, her rights, in exchange for His will.
How can we learn from Mary today?
Are we willing to obey God, even if it’s uncomfortable, and we risk being mocked by others?
Are we willing to surrender:
The number of children we will have?
In our marriages as a godly wife?
How we raise our children?
Our role at home?
Our thought life?
Our dreams and aspirations?
Our lives to God?
___________________ (You fill in the blank).
We know the rest of Mary’s story, ( you can read about it here, here and here) her journey was no cakewalk, but she continued to trust in the Father. Through all of her trials, she became the mother of the Savior of the world!
We can take note from Mary, although this life can be unpredictable, challenging and God may be calling us to do that unpopular thing…let us exercise our own sweet surrender, by repeating the words of Mary:
Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word… Luke 1:38 (ESV)
Sweet friend, let’s not miss the beauty in this verse! When we give our lives to God, we are not missing out, we are actually gaining an abundant life in Him!
Jesus assures us of this in Matthew 10:39 (ESV):
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What will you surrender to God today?