Happy Thanksgiving! If you are reading The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs with us, we are in Chapter 3 “The Virgin Mother Kind.”
This week, we move from Elizabeth and Zechariah to Mary’s visit from the angel Gabriel.
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.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
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. 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. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:26-38 (NIV)
I find it beautiful and amazing how seemingly easy Mary laid down her plans for God’s will for her life.
No doubt, Mary had plans. She was engaged to Joseph, a good man in the line of King David. Perhaps they were looking forward to a quiet life together. He made a living as a carpenter, and they would raise their family, without calling attention to themselves. No drama. No questions or gossip from family and neighbors.
But God had different plans. Wonderful plans. Plans that would be for all people.
Mary would be the mother of Jesus.
According to Scripture, she asked one question, not because she doubted what she was being told, but because her human mind only knew one way to conceive a child, and that one way had not yet occurred.
Did she wonder what she was going to tell Joseph? Or did she just know that God was going to work it all out His way?
It’s hard for me to not think of next steps and consequences. But if Mary thought about this, she didn’t voice it.
Her faith shines here.
One question. Gabriel’s answer. And without hesitation, Mary willingly embraces God’s will for her life.
What a moment that must have been for her—chosen and blessed to be the mother of God’s Son.
God will never choose another for that role, but He calls us for work in His Kingdom all the time.
Mary walked in faith. She let it guide her.
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