Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mary, Did You Know?

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. 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 for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end." And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" And the angel said to 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 kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible." And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:26-38

When Mary said "yes" (her Fiat--"Thy will be done"), did she have any idea what she was saying "yes" to???

As far as tradition tells us, we gather that Mary grew up in a small town. Her family probably did not have a lot of money. It was a simple lifestyle, definitely not in the limelight of society. Yet she said "yes" to giving birth to the Son of God. Talk about a change of pace!

A devotional I read this morning emphasized that Mary was "full of grace". The Scriptures don't say she was "full of faith". But, trusting in God's goodness, she simply said "yes".

Without knowing our future, when God gives us direction, do we say, "Let it be to me according to your word." ??? Or do we want to know all the particulars? Do we want God to give us all the details before we will agree to following His guidance?

May we, with Mary, simply say "yes"...and acquiesce (
submit or comply silently or without protest) to His will.

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