“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Luke 1:38 (NIV)
Sometimes when the word of God comes to us, our response is less than enthusiastic. We get caught up in the details about how and when will God fulfill his promise. We might get intimidated by what we imagine the consequences to be. We see the barriers as larger than the benefits. But Mary models for us how to respond in faith to the goodness of God, even when the goodness is wrapped in controversy.
Life was going well for Mary. She was pledged to be married soon. She had a plan in place and was making good progress on accomplishing it. Then, out of nowhere, an angel appeared and gave her startling news.
The angel said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
But Mary was troubled. Who is this person? And what is he talking about?
Then angel goes on to say, “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.”
But these words are not as comforting as the angel might think. She is glad that she has found favor with God, but she is a virgin and not yet married. How can she get pregnant? What will people think?
Her thoughts spill out of her mouth as she asks the angel, “How will this be since I am a virgin?”
The angel explains that God will work all this out. He will send his Holy Spirit to accomplish his promise. She is part of a bigger plan that God is implementing.
Mary doesn’t dwell on what trouble this might cause or how it might mess up her plans. She trusts that God’s goodness will take care of her. She believes God’s plan is better than her plan for herself.
So she responds to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Likewise, when the word of God comes to us, we can respond as Mary did. We don’t have to have all the answers. We don’t need to have it all figured out. We can simply trust in God’s goodness and power and say as Mary said, “May your word to me, God, be fulfilled.”
Prayer: Lord, I say “Yes” to your word in my life. I trust that your plans are better than my plans. Lead me on. Amen.