In the book of Luke 1, Mary’s story unfolds.
28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 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, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Can you imagine having an angel of the Lord appear to you and being told you’ll conceive and give birth to the Savior of the world?
Notice that Mary didn’t moan and groan at the task set before her or say “why me, Lord?” Instead, she said, “I am the Lord’s servant” and joyfully surrendered herself to God’s plan. In verses forty-six through fifty-five she gives praise and glory to God for being chosen.
Imagine the stares, the talk and the persecution she may have received from those around her as she carried out the call God placed on her life. I’d like to think she didn’t pay attention to those things because she knew what God was doing within her.
Imagine the courage she must’ve had as she carried the Messiah, traveled to Bethlehem, and gave birth in a stable.
Imagine the love she must’ve had as she held this child and watched Him grow.
Imagine the heartache she must’ve had as she stood near the cross and watched her son die for her and the world.
Imagine the strength she must’ve found in the days following His death.
Imagine the joy she must’ve felt upon hearing of His resurrection.
Imagine the peace she must’ve felt knowing she had been in God’s will, she was part of a grander plan than she could’ve ever imagined, and in seeing God’s promises fulfilled.
Imagine being like Mary and finding the courage and strength within you to carry out God’s call on your life.
If God’s calling you to do something be blessed by the fact that you were chosen, rest in the fact that you’re part of His grander plan, and joyfully surrender yourself for His use. Trust Him and remember; “If God brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it.”