Waiting and journeying…The Light of God enters the world.
With Christmas arriving at the end of the year I naturally see it as a time to reflect. Family traditions are such a part of our celebration my thoughts easily go back to those who are no longer a daily part of my life but will always hold a special place in my heart.
I’ve experienced the miracle of giving birth. Waiting at times felt overwhelming. I counted and folded diapers and tiny clothes preparing for, anticipating the arrival of a newborn.
And Mary? She was waiting on our Savior.
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:26-28 (ESV)
This is an example of God’s favor in the lives of his people. Mary carried a baby boy who was conceived by a miracle act of God and he was the Son of God. What feelings flooded Mary’s mind during nine months of waiting? Did insecurities plague her at night and rob her of sleep?
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
Isn’t that like God? In his divine plan he uses plain people, with no special talent or credentials. People like you and me, broken women and men, God allows his plan to unfold through those who are willing! [Tweet that!]
Trust in the Journey
Did Mary doubt what God was doing? Did she question her ability to care for the Son of God? Did she question why she was chosen instead of someone more mature?
At times of waiting, I’ve questioned God’s timing or what seemed like a lack of response. Do you struggle with this? Can we trust God to come through?
Lord God, thank you for your Son’s birth. How long had you planned this – every star, every shepherd and every sheep. And Mary, you knew her before she was conceived in her mother’s womb. You chose a humble young woman without wealth, without prestige, and without maturity. You chose Mary to trust the plan you had for her and for her son. You chose her.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)