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Mary, did you know?

11 Dec

I wanted to re-focus my attention this Christmas to what this holiday time is truly about. I have to admit that I get completely caught up in the traditions: parties, presents, decorations, movies, etc. I mean, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without these things right? I’m not so sure. I’m finding that Christmas would still be Christmas, because our Savior doesn’t depend on these things to still exist. This is what I’m re-learning this year.

Now, I must add that I will still be filling this season up with the aforementioned exciting things. However, I want them to be the sprinkles on the Christmas cookies, not the whole cookie. I am starting this venture by re-reading the Christmas story, and the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Every year prior, I have depended on a pastor to deliver the message, rather than studying it myself, and boy was I missing out!

I plan to write a few posts following my studies, in hopes that you will also re-adjust your Christmas lense.

TEXT: Luke 1: 26-38

While reading this passage I couldn’t help but think of Mary’s emotional state when she was first told that she would miraculously conceive the Savior of the world. Uhhhh, say what? Here, we have a girl waiting to marry her Prince Charming, remaining pure, eagerly awaiting their union. Then, God interjects and turns her plans upside down. Hmmm, seems like I have something in common with Mary.

The Bible doesn’t give us the inside scoop to what she was thinking when she was first given the news, but mine certainly would’ve been along the lines of:

Great, God, just great. Here I am about to have a secure life, with a man willing to marry me, and You just messed it all up!

I would’ve been devastated; revealed as an adulturer. That just shows how weak my faith is compared to Mary’s. Take a look at her repsonse: I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.  What faith! What courage! In an instant her life had changed completely; seemingly for the worst. Security seemed impossible; her fate, unknown. Yet, she accepted what was to come, because she trusted God completely. And she would soon find out that God’s plans for her were much greater than the ones she had for herself.

APPLICATION: We can adopt Mary’s attitude when our own lives seem to be turned upside down, and when our plans don’t go accordingly. Rather than immediately responding with fear and anger, we should learn to react with acceptance and courage. Will we run away and refuse God’s great plans? Or will we stand firm, like Mary, and hold on to the truth that God is for us, and not against us

PRAYER: My prayer for each one of us this Christmas season, and beyond, is that we would begin to trust God completely. Whether we find ourselves struggling to put presents under the tree or dreading the in-laws coming to town, place your trust in the God who is for you. He has the power to turn your difficulties into treasures.

Merry Christmas. 

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