Mary, the mother of Jesus, was truly a woman blessed amongst women. I can’t wait to meet her.
She obviously was a humble young girl who was living a surrendered life honoring God, and busy planning a wedding to the love of her life, Joseph.
When suddenly her normal daily routine was interrupted by an angelic messenger who declared, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you.” We read that Mary was startled by those words but didn’t speak a word.
He must have seen her body language or a question forming on her furrowed brow. So, he gently spoke these words, “Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God.”
The call to be a mother has come to you today. “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. You will bear a holy child—the Son of God and you will name Him Jesus.”
This announcement had a double mention of greatness – Mary had to know how divine this moment was: “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High…and then mentions the word throne.”
Can you imagine being Mary— what would your heart and mind be doing right about now? This humble servant, Mary, only asks one question – how will this happen since I am a virgin?
The words the angel spoke to Mary are these:
“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.”
If we look closely at this beautiful story, we will see the role of the Holy Spirit’s power and ability to overshadow wombs and hearts. He has the power to overshadow all of us in order for life to come forth. This time, it’s not a womb, it’s a heart.
Let these be our words:
Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your heart…
Next week, we will continue looking at Mary and her posture toward her son who was the savior of the world. I can’t imagine the love she felt when she stared in His little eyes and maybe the conviction she sensed as well. See you all next week…