With all of the talk of mothers over the weekend, it got me thinking of the ultimate mother in history. The mother of Jesus. Catholics focus much devotion on Mary, but other Christian denominations tend to save the reflections on the important role that Mary played for Christmastime.
Without Mary, there would be no Jesus. This wasn’t a decision to enter into lightly for Mary. It was the ultimate act of faith and sacrifice. My first thought is, “What must have gone through Mary’s head when the angel appeared to her?” An unwed mother could be stoned to death. She was engaged to a man with whom she had no relations. It gave Joseph every right to abandon her and label her as a wanton woman.
Perhaps these things did go through Mary’s mind. But the Bible makes no mention of this. There is no mention of long, pregnant pauses (no pun intended) while she considered the proposal. The only protest she gave was “How can this be since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34, ESV). The angel’s response is one of my favorite verses in the Bible: “…nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37, ESV). Mary’s reply? “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38, ESV).
Wow! That didn’t take long. No response of “Could I have 24 hours to discuss it with my family?” No “I’m not sure this is a good idea…” Pure, total, unwavering trust in God. Possibly sacrificing everything, including her upcoming marriage and her life.
The Bible also doesn’t mention Mary’s background, just that she “found favor with God” (Luke 1:30, ESV). What must she have done? What kind of devout life must she have lived?
How can we be more like Mary? Can we listen to God’s calling for us even if it is difficult or inconvenient? Can we be a humble servant, like Mary (Luke 1:48, ESV)?
I often pray that I understand God’s calling for me. I feel like I try to listen to what he is calling me to do. Being a servant, though? Sometimes I struggle with that. My life is so busy right now between work, blogging, and family. How can I adequately be a servant to others? I repeat JOY (Jesus first, Others second, Yourself third) in my head, but I don’t think I’m quite living up to it.
In this month that we celebrate mothers, let’s take some time to reflect on how we can be more like Mary, God’s most humble maidservant and mother.
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