You know how us women are. We’re about as good at thinking about things as we are at talking about them. We over think things. We think up one side and down the other. And then we think it through some more.
I’ve been thinking. And tonight my mind has wandered to Mary. Could you imagine the shock factor of an angel appearing to her and announcing her soon to be pregnancy? That she has favor with The Lord and He is going to send His Son Jesus into her womb to bake for 9 months, then be the Savior of the world. W.O.W. #mindblown
Take a moment to dig into Luke 1:26-38. Her question to the angel makes me smile. “How will this be?” Isn’t that just like a woman? We hear the details, but we need all that extra juicy info. I love her.
Imagine with me those next few months. I imagine she had a lot of time to think. I believe she probably doubted herself. “Why me, Lord? Are you sure you picked the right girl?”
I think she had to have been pretty stoked too. “I can’t believe this! God chose me of all women to carry His Son?!”
I imagine there had to have been some fearful moments. Some astonished tears of joy when she felt those first few kicks from this living, breathing plan of God growing inside of her.
There’s nothing like watching the plan of God unfold in your life. There’s so many emotions. Such excitement! So overwhelming. But here was this young girl who had never been with a man who was about to be an incredibly big part of an amazing plan of redemption.
That’s a lot to think about.
When the shepherds finally caught their breath and shared what the angels had told to them in the nearby fields, Mary got to thinking again. Everyone was amazed at the shepherds’ experience with the angels, but Mary treasured these things and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19).
How will this be?
A short time later, Jesus was to be presented in the temple. Simeon, a righteous and devout man, was filled with the Holy Spirit and shared with Mary and Joseph how his life was complete now laying His eyes on Jesus. He shared many things that were revealed to him, leaving them once again marveled. (Luke 2:21-35)
How will this be?
Fast forward 12 years later as the family of Jesus packs their bags, leaves the Feast of Passover and heads home, totally unaware their Son is missing.
You know, the drill. “Oh, aunt Rachel has him. No, uncle John took him. No, he went with cousin Anna….” Then sheer panic sets in and everyone is tearing the place apart to find the kid now hiding in the clothes racks.
After a 3 day search, they found him in the temple in Jerusalem sitting among teachers. Listening. Asking them questions. Mary replays the scene in her mind again. And again, she treasured all these things in her heart. (Like 2:41-51)
Did Mary know? Did she know all the things her Son would grow in The Lord and do? Did she fully comprehend the magnitude of what the angel of The Lord was telling her? Did she know the child she nursed and rocked to sleep would be the One to deliver and redeem the world?
We could sit and discuss this for hours. Mary, Did You Know is one of my absolute favorite Christmas songs. Partly because as a woman and a mom, I wonder those things. I wonder if she knew about the road ahead of her.
Her question to the angel comes alive for me, because I too have asked the same question. Sooooo many times. Maybe, just maybe.. You’ve asked the same thing too.
How will this be?
God had placed such an incredible, one-of-a-kind plan within her. One that only birth could release.
And He has done the same thing in our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says He has a plan and purpose for our life. It says in Jeremiah 1:5 that before He formed us in our mother’s womb, He knew us.
The blueprint is already there. The plans have been drawn out. The question is – will we sit idly by waiting for the rest of the picture to surface or will we proceed with what we DO know?
Mary had an option. To either worry herself ragged with all the pieces that didn’t quite fit yet, or walk by faith trusting the Great I Am who carefully held it all together.
Time is short, my sweet friend. We need to make the most of it. This Christmas season, my prayer is that you walk boldly into the unknown. Trust God with everything within you and do what He had called you to do.
It doesn’t mean you’re going to hear an audible voice saying, “BEHOLD! Go now.. Your destiny awaits you!” Wouldn’t that be nice. But that wouldn’t require much faith now, would it?
But if you are grounding yourself in the Word of God and spending time regularly in prayer, you will feel the Holy Spirit leading you. He will reveal it to you as the time is right. Little by little. And baby, treasure up all these things in your heart.
So before you ask, “How will this be?” Trust in The Lord and wait and see! Great things are coming!
I want to leave you with this awesome video today. I can hardly contain myself watching this. Be blessed this week!
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I’ll be honest, it bothers me that “Merry Christmas” offends people. You know what offends me? A LOT. For starters… Well.. let’s not go there. It’s safer that way.
Black Friday has quickly turned into Thanksgiving Day madness. The things we’re so grateful for at lunchtime suddenly aren’t good enough as we rummage through the phone-book-thick ads from the newspaper. The “holiday” trees are on sale earlier each year and “holiday” parties are all the rave with our ugly Christmas sweaters.
The world outside the doors of the church skims through the hustle and bustle of the “holiday season” each year as we sit idly by. When are we going to live up to our heritage as the children of the Most High God and make a positive difference in our communities? One person may not be able to change the world, but we can change the lives of those around us.
Don’t cease to open doors for people. Smile and say thank you. Genuinely. Make cookies for your local fire department and police station. Get your kids involved in a home grown charity. Bake fresh goodies and hand deliver them to shut ins. Sing Christmas carols at a nursing home. Make blessing bags for homeless people and share the gospel with them. You never know the deep impact of a kind deed.
We may not be able to change attitude of the entire world. But we do have the power of influence in people’s lives around us on a daily basis. We are given a set amount of time with a set group of individuals. The question is – are we making the most of it? Let’s not just get in the Christmas spirit around the holidays. I challenge you to take Jesus with you daily. Let’s transform our communities by being the hands and feet of Christ. I double dog dare you.
Living Life Unscripted,