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Take A Minute Tuesday…

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Today as we take a break from our normal posts, I encourage you to be still for just a few minutes and take some time to meet with God.  God is all around us; we just have to take the time to experience Him.  Psalm 46:10 encourages us to, “Be still and know that I am God.”

I love how God’s Word is alive and active.  I can read a scripture over and over and then all of the sudden it’ll just jump out at me.  This happened to me Sunday as I was sitting in church.  Being the Christmas season, our pastor was reading in Luke.  Here’s a portion of what we read: 

Luke 1:26-38
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37For no word from God will ever fail.” 38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. 

Like me, you may have read this passage of scripture a hundred times. Stick with me though.  Gabriel is telling Mary (a 14-15 year old virgin) that she is going to carry the Messiah.  I can’t even imagine what was running through her mind.  But get this, I love her reply.  Verse 38, ” ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ “ 

Now, I don’t know about you but I’m not sure that’s how I would have replied.  I may have told the angel that God has it all wrong and that I don’t think I can handle it, or a number of other excuses.  If God had sent an angel to me and told me that I was going to walk through a divorce, the early loss of my father, or any number of other things, (insert your own situation here) would I have said, “Lord, I’m your servant. Fulfill your word to me.  I’m a ready and willing vessel”? In all honesty, I don’t know that I could have. 

I want to have the faith of young Mary.  I want to be okay when the hard situations arise because, you know what, good comes out of those situations.  When I went through counseling and asked the “why” questions, my counselor showed me that God chose me to go through those difficult situations.  I may never understand or know why but He chose me.  Wow! 

Even though Mary was probably afraid what others would think of her, afraid to lose her fiance, or countless other things, she was still willing to go along with the program.  Will I be that bold?

Thrifty T

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous12-06-2011

    If God had told me beforehand about all that I was going to be going through, I definitely would have said, "NO! NO WAY can I make it through! You are asking TOO much of me!"I have read the passage of scripture you point out and have wondered how Mary had such great faith and was so compliant. I haven't figured it out.CF

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