Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thoughts on Mary
I’ve been thinking about Mary, mother of Jesus this week.
Can you imagine the thoughts and feelings she must have experienced finding out that she was going to carry the long awaited Messiah? I’m sure she experienced fear and uncertainty along with morning sickness and all the accompanying child-bearing issues.
But that’s not what I’ve been thinking most about. I’ve been thinking about why she was chosen, why she was found worthy.
You see, we know she was very young, so she had not yet been tested in long-term relationships, or maybe even much temptation. In her short life, she probably hadn’t been through enough to show how she would handle adversity. She didn’t excel at the levels we may consider a “mature”, godly person to have. We sure wouldn’t have chosen her.
But God did. And I think he chose her especially for one reason.
She was willing. Willing to follow the calling on her life. Willing to obey. Willing to do whatever her Father asked of her. She was a servant. She knew the voice of her Master.
Are we willing? Do we recognize His voice enough to be able to listen? And are we even listening?
Oh, may our hearts be willing and may our spiritual ears be open to the gentle voice of our Master! That’s really all he asks of us.