Have you ever been asked to do something that you knew would be incredibly difficult. In fact, you knew there would be difficulties, but you had no idea what they would be? What was your reaction? Did you say no? Did you do it with complaining? Or did you manage it well and did the task with peace? I am continuing looking at the event leading up to Jesus' birth, and today's story has me looking at how Mary was told that she would be the mother of the Messiah. Please use the link and read this portion of Jesus' story in Luke 1:26-38.
In these verses we see that Gabriel appeared to Mary and greeted her with a greeting that troubled her. She was told that she highly favored. I'm sure this troubled her because she was just a young lady who was just going through life. She worshiped God, but she hadn't done anything spectacular. But as we continue to look at what she was told and how she reacted, we can see why she was chosen to be the mother of Jesus. Gabriel told Mary that her son would be the one they had been waiting for - the one who would restore the kingdom of God. What was Mary's reaction? She didn't say it was impossible! She wondered how this would happen since she was a virgin. Do you see that? She believed what she was being told, but she just couldn't understand how it would happen.
I love that about her! I would make assumptions of how God would do it instead of asking. But Mary was smart enough to ask for more details. Do you see why she was favored? She believed and trusted God. In fact, her trust was so great that her final response is one that humbles me. She said, "May your word to me be fulfilled." She didn't run away from this overwhelming word. She seemed to understand that if God had it planned that she would be the mother of the Messiah that He would also make everything work out. She trusted Him with the details! This is challenging because I know when God asks me to do something new (nothing at the level of raising the Messiah!) that I worry about the details. This is such an amazing reminder to trust God with the details and just follow His lead. He knows what He is doing.
Do you trust God with the details?