Do you remember when you were about 14 years old? I was a sophomore in high school and boy, did I think I was grown! I thought that I knew exactly how my life was going to work out, what I was going to be, and how God was going to use me. HA! I was a good kid who loved God but I also thought God would take all my prayers into consideration and surely, His plans for my life would look like mine because they were great plans! Maybe you were a self-diagnosed goody-two-shoes like I was, or maybe you were a stinker who God had to wrestle into submission. Either way, picture yourself around 13-15 years old for a moment. Now, imagine that all of a sudden God spoke to you in an unmistakable way and told you news that would turn your whole world upside down. Your body would no longer be your own, your family and friends would think you were a liar, you’d have to move to a place you’ve never lived in before with a person you hardly knew. You would have to give up the plans that you had for your life in order to do what God wanted instead, and you would not know what was coming next. Sounds fun right?
This is exactly what Mary did when visited by Gabriel, who brought her word from God that she was going to give birth to the Savior of the world. She was just a teenage girl. She knew who she was going to marry, was learning how to be a housewife, and loved hanging out with friends and family. She was a good girl who loved God and always followed the rules but to become pregnant when she wasn’t married could have been a death sentence in her community. Her fiancé thought she was a liar at first (or maybe just self-deceived); he finally came around but then she was supposed to go with this man to another land because he had to file his taxes! Her plans for getting married first and then having children were dashed when God told her she would have a son. Her body was not her own and she had no choice in “laying” with her in order to conceive… she was going to have a baby, regardless! Can you imagine the fear?! Yet, this is what I love about Mary; she replied to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled.”
The faith of this girl astounds me! She was old enough to realize what was going to happen to her socially if she agreed, but her first priority was not her reputation or her plans for the future, it was her love for God and willingness to be used by Him. How many of our lives would be transformed if, instead of arguing with God or getting depressed when our lives don’t look like what we imagined, we wholeheartedly turn our faces to the Father and say “Abba, I am Your servant, may YOUR will be done in my life!” May we all have the faith and obedience of Mary; that is my prayer.
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.” Luke 1: 38