Have you ever stopped to consider the level of faith Mary must have had when she said the words, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
Have you ever stopped to consider the ramifications of her decision to accept this unique, historic call that God had ordained for her?
Have you ever stopped to think about what her friends and family must have thought when she told them that an angel had visited her and that she was still a virgin….
That the Holy Spirit had placed a baby inside of her womb?
Even more so, have you ever stopped to think about what it must have been like for her as a mother, raising the Son of God?
How intimidating it must have been at times.
Couple that with the stigma she likely carried the rest of her life when her family and friends surely did not believe her story that the Holy Spirit had placed Jesus in her womb.
To be sure, some did believe her.
We know that Elizabeth discerned that Mary was carrying Jesus – the Son of God – in her womb when she felt her own baby – John the Baptist – leap for joy at the voice of Mary.
“Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Luke 1:42-43
Yet, I am sure her journey from that day on was not easy.
And in the end, she would live to see her first-born son betrayed, wrongfully convicted, abused and beaten beyond recognition, and then executed in the manner of a common criminal.
Did she recognize, on the cross, the moment when His Heavenly Father turned His face away from His only begotten Son?
As I reflect on Mary, her life, and her journey as the mother of Jesus – these are the questions that come to my heart.
And then I think of the incredible faith she must have had – a faith I wish I had!
I wrote about this incredible faith in 2014, when I shared at Worshipful Living about The Unshakable Faith of Mary.
Often when we think of blessings, we instantly picture joyous scenarios where everyone is happy and life is great as we celebrate an achievement we have hoped for so long. Rarely do we envision situations where a blessing costs us our reputation and gives our loved ones reason to doubt our morals.
But this was the case for Mary. The angel calls her “blessed” and “highly favored” and yet that blessing will be the very thing that will cause her rejection among her family and peers – and very nearly causes the breakup of her engagement.
How would history have been altered had Mary considered this blessing too risky to accept?
I hope you’ll click over and read that post: The Unshakable Faith of Mary.