I was listening to Perry Como’s narration of the Christmas story recently.
I have listened to this narration every Christmas since I was a child, but this week I heard it differently, maybe it was because I was listening differently.
I entered into this story before Jesus was born…
I imagined myself riding on a donkey as a woman, just like Mary; with knowledge that within my womb the Savior and long-awaited Messiah was growing, and that I would give birth to a KING! I would know that I was a woman of purity, a virgin, but had willingly accepted God’s assignment which included the temporary tainting of my reputation! O the humiliation!
I had a smack down moment as I embraced my humanity in these similar circumstances… HOW did Mary walk this road???
She BELIEVED, she trusted, and she was humble.
I love what Elizabeth said to Mary in Luke’s gospel:
“…Blessed is she who BELIEVED that there WOULD BE a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).
Luke records Mary’s song beginning in verse 46:
“And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked upon the humble estate of His servant…”
“the humble estate”; God chose a woman of humility to host His son for us; it could not have been otherwise! God was setting the stage for every Jesus lover to follow…”God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”(James 4:6); And I believe as well that God was giving us a powerful, life altering example of what it means to TRUST Him fully, even in the absence of tangible evidence.
Think about it with me for a moment; Mary’s body would not have had any tangibility of pregnancy even to her for at least three months and yet she trusted the words of God.
How does this apply to us today? Will we be found trusting the Father completely and absolutely with everything that concerns us?
What about your life calling? Is your life surrendered under the covering of Jesus great Name?
If God approached you today with a calling or assignment, would you be found ready? Would you be found willing even if it meant you might appear to be a fool? Would you, will you trust in a promise that has not yet been fulfilled?
Mary, the mother of Jesus our Savior, is an example of a life found ready for the Master’s voice.
Mary’s response was recorded for us: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord: let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
May our response be the same, would you really want it to be otherwise?