In my next few posts, I’ll be talking about Mary’s journey – how she accepted God’s will without question – how she nurtured her Son, Jesus, made sure He followed the commandments, did His chores, worked alongside His stepfather. She saw to it that He had clothes to wear, food to nourish and an adequate place to live for the greater part of His life. She emerges from a young woman into one who carried the forthcoming events seeded deeply in her heart, She knew that Jesus was meant for the ages. He would save the world from sin and grant eternal life to all who accepted Him. Put yourself in her sandals for a while as we walk through her life.
Imagine that you’re a young girl of about 13 or 14. You’ve been promised in marriage to an older man. You’ve met him. He’s a good man with a kind nature. His temperament is calm and he seems to be vey caring and compassionate. Joseph is a tradesman and makes a fair living. He’s strong from working hard. He’ll make the perfect mate. Still, you’re just a child. Your life has been arranged for you. You’ve been obedient. You’ve lived a life of purity and service. You’re a little frightened about your upcoming marriage, but you’ve submitted, because of your strong faith that God will guide you through this, just as He’s done throughout your life.
Who knew that His plan would take you to a place you never planned on? God’s outline for your life wasn’t supposed to be like this – was it? Now imagine your surprise when the Angel of the Lord appears and tells you that you’ll conceive and bear the Son of God. WHAT?! You will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and bring forth the Messiah that the world has longed for. How could this be? You’re a virgin.
Most of us would think it was a weird dream or something you ate the night before that created this illusion. You’d hope it would all go away and life would go on as usual. Mary wasn’t like most people. She wasn’t foolish or mindless – she simply accepted this part of God’s plan for her life by faith.
Could we do that?
Do we do that?
Are we willing to accept without question,
The mysteries of Mary’s miraculous conception, pregnancy and delivery of the Son of God?
The entire thing seems full of events that don’t make any sense at all.
Mary was no different than us, but what made her different was her enduring commitment to God – her total trust in His omnipotent blueprint for her life – her innocent, pure, unadulterated confidence in God alone. Walk in her footprints. Follow her example of diligence, perseverance and trust.
God has an amazing plan for everyone. We may not be endowed with a situation like Mary’s, but we face bumps in the road every day. The way to overcome those obstacles is through our Creator. Have faith, my friends.