26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”3 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”4
35 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. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 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: 26-38
I know, we have all heard the story. Mary, the virgin, called out by God to give birth to King Jesus. You are probably so familiar with the story that it may have “lost” it’s resonating amazement? Scholars today say that the probability is very high that Mary was between 13-17 years old when this Angel appeared to her. A humble and definitely poor girl, living with just enough to get by… possibly catching the eyes of Joseph, her boyfriend, on occasion, giggling at his antics. But reading this again do we really stop to think about the scenario that Mary was facing?
- Talking to an angel
- Hearing you will be impregnated by GOD
- Hearing that this forthcoming child will REIGN THE WORLD FOREVER
- Explaining to Joseph, (not to mention her parents) what had just happened.
It’s really so crazy that we skip right past it. I met my wife Heather when she was raising her child on her own, at the age of 20. It appeared to me that she had her stuff together but SHE would tell you much differently I am sure. Even for me, having my first born at the age of 24, I had NO CLUE how to parent and dang sure was not capable of raising someone to REIGN THE WORLD FOREVER. I have been blessed, all of my children have found their faith in Christ and been baptized, but come on…. Mary?
She would have been one of the LEAST capable virgins God could have chosen? I don’t say that in a “I could’ve done better” way but rather a “How much faith in Mary did God have? way” He knew. He knew exactly what He was doing with Mary. And she responds… “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
We see the Angel tell her NOTHING will be impossible for GOD. Yet here we are, you and I , reading a post on the internet while contemplating all of the “stuff” we want different or THINGS that will be under the tree or PEOPLE we wish we could change…. or CHANGE into? Seriously? Are we that enabled? I ‘m raising my hand here… I’m the first one to admit that I give up and give in WAY TOO easily when compared to the task set before little Baby Mama Mary. I’ll give Joseph some credit as well for putting the ring on her finger but if you’re girl let you know she had conceived the SON OF GOD, you may have found a ring as well?
Look, God knows. He is not unaware of your current state and He is not indifferent to your condition. He knows. He wills. We respond. Mary responded to His call. Brothers, at this time of year there is SO MUCH PRESENCE of God it can be very easy to lose sight of the AMAZING and AWESOMENESS of God. Soak it up, saturate yourselves with Him and let His Presence BE YOU. We need only respond.
For nothing will be impossible with God.