ORIGINALLY POSTED ON ATIMETOSHARE.ME 12/4/15
A young girl of about 13 is about her duties in the house. She’s possibly weaving cloth or sewing items for the humble trousseau she would bringing to her pre-arranged marriage. She was used to working hard. Everyone had to pull their own weight in her tiny village. It was part of her upbringing to be busy from morning to night with hard work.
It was a poor community. The inhabitants hadn’t a king they could call their own for over 500 years. This tiny little town in the hill country, had been the sight of many battles in history, including Pharoah Necho and Nebuchadnezzar. The fact is it was an insignificant city and a most unlikely place for the mother of God’s own Son to reside.
As she busied herself with daily tasks, a stranger entered and greeted Mary as highly favored and blessed among women. She must have wondered who he was talking to. Here she was, a lowly servant with absolutely no status in the community and she was being referred to in such a way.
She most likely was taken back and surprised, but also afraid. I can’t imagine what was going through her mind at that moment, but she sat quietly as the stranger laid out God’s plan for the next portion of her young life. She didn’t throw her hands up in disbelief, or pass out in shock – she listened quietly, digested what the angel was telling her and then asked the one logical question – how can this be, seeing I know not a man? The astounding answer would boggle the mind of most of us today, but Mary accepted it with complete faith when she said, “Let it be to me as you have said.”
This is one of those events in the Bible that makes no logical sense. We, like Mary, have to give in completely to God’s plan and accept it based on faith. We need to ponder all the events leading up to the Nativity and see how God uses even the least of His people to accomplish His greatness and love for all of humanity.