In my preparation for this Sunday’s message I thought about Mary and her incredible attitude to all that the angel Gabriel said to her. Imagine being told you that you would give birth to the Son of God.
Thing happen to us and we can go crazy. We lose all sense of perspective. We question our faith. Maybe we have a momentary ‘freak out’. Something unexpected is happening and we start to fall to pieces.
Yet with Mary…no drama.
As usual the Bible is understated in it’s recalling of this encounter. Mary maintains a coolness that most of us probably would not have managed. Not even a shriek, or a ‘no way’. Just a simple question, ‘How can this be?’
I’m not wanting to make little of all that we can be called to trust God in but I look at Mary and marvel at how sometimes I have possibly over-complicated my response. She had trust in God. She took the angel at his word. She was not so precious about her wonderful life to consider that the life that God was asking her to embrace would be even more wonderful.
She didn’t say no. I’m guessing the reason we hear about Mary is because she said yes. She held loosely to the thing which most of us hold tightly to and went with what God was saying. Her future laid aside for Gods future.
‘Let it be to me according to your word’.
I want my life to be wonderful. Help me Lord to have that simple faith that Mary displayed. I may not always understand or even like what is happening sometimes but my faith and trust are in You. Let it be to me according to Your word.