Waiting and journeying…The Light of God enters the world.
I’ve experienced the miracle of giving birth. Waiting at times felt overwhelming. I counted and folded diapers and tiny clothes over and over again.
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.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:26-33
Can you see the 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? What insecurities plagued her at night when she was unable to sleep?
In his book, “God Came Near” Max Lucado imagines the night of our Savior’s birth like this: “Majesty in the midst of the mundane. Holiness in the filth of sheep manure and sweat. Divinity entering the world on the floor of the stable, through the womb of a teenager and in the presence of a carpenter. She touches the face of the infant-God, How long was your journey?”
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!]
Did Mary doubt what God was doing? Did she question her ability to mother and care for the Son of God? Did she question why she was chosen instead of someone older, more mature in the Jewish faith?
At times of waiting, I’ve questioned God’s timing or what seemed like a lack of response. How about you? Do you struggle with this? Can we agree together to trust God to come through?
Lord God, thank you for the miracle of conception. 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 son. You chose her.
I know you will do all you say you can do. I’m so grateful I can trust you with your plan for my life. Thank you for choosing me!
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Luke 2:6, 7 NIV