Posted by: charityliz | December 25, 2010

Lessons from Mary

Christmas is a time of year that I really enjoy.  I love being around my family, who seem to get better and better every year…or maybe I’m just getting better at seeing how truly amazing they are and how blessed I am to have them in my life!  I love the chance to give gifts to friends and family—it’s one of my favorite ways of showing people that I care.  I love all the traditions—like picking out the perfect tree, decorating the house, putting up Christmas lights, drinking apple cider, baking yummy treats, candle light Christmas Eve service at church, and even the random traditions—like ugly sweater parties,  making mulled wine and listening to Calvin & the Chipmunks Christmas song.

While all of these things are lovely experiences that remind me of Christmas, deep down, I also find myself pondering the real meaning behind Christmas during this time of year.  I realize for so many people that the biblical Christmas story seems antiquated, if not completely unapplicable.  Meanwhile, for me, it’s pivitol to my faith and understanding who I am—and yet, it’s still hard for me sometimes to really connect with the Christmas story.

However, a few years ago, I heard someone speak on a specific portion of the Christmas story that I’ll never forget, and I find myself pondering and connecting with it  once again this year.  When Mary found out she was pregnant with a baby [Jesus], her first response was concern & worry.  And then she asked some clarifying questions, and her next response was “ I am the Lord’s servant.  May it be to me as you have said.” {Luke 1:26-38) 

 I just think this is a beautiful and admirable picture for how one would respond to God’s plan for her life—though it may not make much sense, might seem risky and would definitely have cause for concern.  I mean, if I were Mary, I could only imagine how freaky it would be to have an angel talk to me (which has never happened to me) and then how utterly crazy/terrifying it would be to find out that God’s plan was to have me be pregnant even though I’m a virgin!   And on top of all of that, I’m supposed to be conceiving God incarnate!!!  That’s CRAZY!  That would be my response if I were Mary, I think.

But instead, Mary basically says, “OK, whatever God wants to do with my life, He can do it. Let His will be done in my life.”

Now I know that I’m no Mary and I will probably never have anything of that magnitude happen in my life (I think that kind of stuff only happens once).  But, I am inspired by Mary’s attitude toward God’s plan.  There was a lot of unknown and risk …and yet, she really trusted in her God.

I want to be that kind of woman—one who really trusts in my God. Why? Because there’s a ton of things I don’t really know about my life.  I can set goals and plan ahead, but I have no way of really telling the future.  I can hope and dream for things, but  I may never see them come to pass.  And there’s so much I can’t really control in my life—like people and circumstances around me.  Even when I look back on my life, there’s no way that 5 years ago, I would have been able to predict or even dream that my life would be where it is now. Instead, God has far exceeded what I’d be able to plan or understand for my own life—and He’s done it consistently since I was young!  Shouldn’t this compel me to trust Him more with my future? –even though I feel like there are so many unknowns and so many things that are hard to understand about my life.

I wonder if Mary had that kind of history with God.  I wonder how well she must have known the faithfulness and goodness of our God, to actually be able to trust His plan for her life—to the tune of having a baby as a virgin!  She must have had a real relationship with God in order to be able to trust Him through such a monumental experience in her life. I’m no Mary, but I just hope that I can aspire to have her kind of trust and faith.

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  1. Sweet music to my spirit.


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