I love Christmas. The lights. The decor. The parties. The food. The message. That Jesus came down, as a baby, to save me. It blows my mind. I recently began thinking of His mom. As I read the Christmas story, there are several things Mary has taught me. I want to be like her in the face of adversity! I want her calm and trusting demeanor, even in the midst of chaos. Let’s take a look at this amazing woman!
Mary was told, by an angel, that she would have a child. She was a teenager and a virgin.
“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.”
Luke 1:26-28, 30-32, 34-35 ESV
I can’t imagine the thoughts and emotions that would run through her mind. However this is her amazing response: “And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”
Luke 1:38 ESV
She was willing. She was open. She didn’t know what the future held, but she was ready to do what God had asked her to do. I want to be ready and willing when He speaks. Even if what He speaks sounds crazy or impossible. I want to be ready to listen and obey!
Then after that, she worships God!
“And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”
Luke 1:46-49 ESV
May my heart always be full of worship. May I be a humble servant.
Finally, Mary stopped to think and remember. I think she was making a mental picture in her mind of the night Jesus was born. When the shepherds cane to visit. Yes, it was a stinky barn. It wasn’t luxurious. But that baby. That was her son. And she loved Him with all her heart.
“Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them.”
Luke 2:19 GNT
May I be like Mary in all I do. Obedient. Worshipful. Ready to stop and take it all in.