When the angel told Mary that she (a virgin) would bear, not only a son, but THE Son of God, Mary listened and willingly accepted what was told to her. But you know in the moment she couldn’t have fully grasped what was being said. A young girl could not have fully comprehended what had never happened before, no one could completely understand this miracle. Mary simply had a willing heart to do whatever God asked.
After the birth of Christ in the stable, as the Shepherds are worshipping Jesus and telling Joseph and Mary what the angels said to them – that the Messiah has just been born in Bethlehem – Mary listens intently and stores these things away in her heart.
As Mary listened to the angel and the Shepherds, I can only imagine what she must have felt. How can this be true? How can God be born inside of me? How could I give birth to the Savior, the Messiah? How could I be the mother of the One Who created me?
But notice how Mary never said “I’m not worthy,” “I’m not good enough,” “I’m not holy enough,” “I haven’t done enough.” Mary simply took God’s Word to heart and submitted.
I want to be more like Mary. When God tells me something that makes no sense to me, I want to have enough faith and belief in God that I can simply say, “Let it be done according to Your Word.”
For us ladies, it’s easy to take words, criticism, and unintentional insults to heart. What if we took that ability to take everything personally and used it for good in our relationships with God? What if we took every word in Scripture to heart, believing it is meant specifically for and about us? What if we took God at His Word? What if we believed God and allowed it to affect how we see ourselves the same way that we believe the world’s portrayal of beauty and perfection and allow that to affect our self-images?
This Christmas and into the New Year, I want to be more like Mary – open-hearted, ready to believe the absolutely impossible if it is coming from the lips of God. I want to be like Mary, believing that the impossible can be done in me. That I, an empty, broken mess, can walk with the Savior inside of me.
“Lord, make my heart your Bethlehem… Be born in me.” ♡
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“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He Rescues those whose spirits are crushed. (Psalm 34:18 NLT).”