Mary was prepared to serve the Lord because he had asked her. From her own point of view, the implications of a pregnancy would have been worrying to say the least. She was not married yet and still a virgin. When she pointed this out the the angel, he tells her that the Lord has also chosen her elderly relative, Elizabeth to have another special, holy child and then tells her: For nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). In her time and society, Mary was considered of little importance as a young unmarried girl. She had no influence and her role in life would have been one of a respectful and discreet wife. A life of humble service. God choose this insignificant girl to be Jesus’s mother precisely for that reason. Her qualifications were not her great worldly importance, her great power or the respect she commanded. Her greatest qualification was that she believed that God would do what he had promised and so, she made herself available to be the Lord’s servant.
Luke 1:26-38 NLT
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favoured woman! The Lord is with you! ” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favour with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God. ” Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
My goal from now on is to make myself more and more available to be the Lord’s servant. So far on my journey I have noticed significant change happening in my life. It is more and more natural to think of God in each situation. But I can’t say that I have had any kind of “visitation”. It is so easy to see the stories of angels and miracles in the bible as fantasy and therefore dismiss them as irrelevant. But my goal and my prayer is also that I might see the deeper, eternal truths beneath the fantastic stories. And I pray that just as the lord – took notice of his lowly servant girl (Luke 1:48) – that he might also take notice of me.
Numbers 21:1-22:20, Luke 1:26-56, Psalms 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11