full of promise.
Did she realize that the fulfillment of the greatest promise ever was about to be placed within her, entrusted to her?
When the angel approached Mary and greeted her, ““Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”, she was troubled in her spirit, as she could not comprehend why the angel would speak to her in this manner.
But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. (Luke 1:29)
She lacked understanding.
I am not certain Mary suffered at all from low self esteem, or feelings of unworthiness, but I would imagine at that moment Mary was wondering why God would look upon her with such favor. She was troubled, but not because she doubted. I believe she was troubled because she did not yet understand God’s purpose.
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:30-33)
She asked for understanding.
Can you imagine receiving a message of such magnitude from a Heavenly host? Mary was young, not yet married, a virgin. Her mind could not comprehend the possibility of the promise.
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34)
At this moment, Mary could have said, “No, Lord, not me. Please go and find someone else. I am young, unmarried, a virgin. I do not want to bear this responsibility.” But no. She listened intently to the words of the Messenger and allowed them to go deep into her Spirit.
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:35-37)
She chose to believe.
Mary walked closely with God. She desired His heart for her life above all other things. Once she heard what was about to happen, I believe at that moment she was overcome with the holy fear of the Lord, and in holy fear and reference, she said “yes”!
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. (Luke 1:38)
Mary desired above all other things to serve the Lord all of her days. Her heart said “Yes”. She chose to believe.
Of all of the characters in the Christmas story, I can relate most to Mary. There are so many times when I lack understanding. But when I ask to receive more revelation, the Holy Spirit is quick to reveal God’s plan to my heart. And sometimes I find myself saying “yes”, in fear and trembling. Not fear of man, but rather that fear of the Lord that moves you to act because you desire to be in His will.
I am linking up with Bonnie today for Faith Jam. Will you join us there? Or simply leave a comment below and tell me which character in the Christmas story is speaking to you.