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Lent Day 21 – And Then

by gary-foote on March 25, 2014

Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God – Luke 1:38a

 Have you ever felt afraid of what God was calling you to do? At the tender age of 14 or 15 (most scholars believe), the Blessed Virgin Mary was approached by the Archangel Gabriel with some incredible news. Before the Archangel Gabriel approached though, Mary already had a plan; she was betrothed, chosen by Joseph, to be his bride. Mary was preparing for her wedding to and upright man, a carpenter, who would vow to take care of her for the rest of her life. There was security in this set plan. And then it happened:

 And coming to her, he (Archangel Gabriel) said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” – Luke 1:28-38

 As the Archangel Gabriel departed from Mary, she was no longer following the path that she was on before. Mary’s life very quickly became “complicated.” Joseph would eventually come to know that she was pregnant and would most certainly know that he was not the father. Would she be stoned and considered an adulteress? How would she explain things to her parents? Would she be the outcast of her community? Despite all of the questions that may have been floating through Mary’s head as the Archangel Gabriel spoke to her, one phrase must have resonated within her: “for nothing is impossible for God.” Immediately following this phrase, Mary, in complete trust, surrender, and humility proclaimed, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

 In that moment, the Blessed Virgin Mary let her fears and doubts become subordinate to the will of God. She heard His promise and responded by surrendering her will, her plan, for His.

 And then…. God worked!

 Mary become the only person in history to have a virginal pregnancy and birth. Joseph lovingly took her and Jesus into his home as an angel appeared to him too. She successfully raised the Son of God, interceded for Him to perform His first public miracle, witnessed His death, rejoiced in His resurrection, and was brought body and soul into Heaven for all of eternity.

 What is God calling you to do? Will you hear His promise, “for nothing is impossible for God,” and respond by surrendering your will and your plan for His? What will be the conclusion to your: And then…



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