26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; [e]blessed are you among women!”
29 But [f]when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I [g]do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
I have to admit that I didn't really think this story could be applied to me and my SUM. I merely thought this was an account of how Mary was chosen to become the mother of the Messiah. However, Holy Spirit has pointed out a few things to me. I hope to impart them on you today.
Isn't it interesting that the Angel of the Lord begins with such a respectful greeting? "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" Mary, probably in her teens, was immediately lavished with honor. This to me is really important. Think about the time and culture. Women and children were not regarded of high importance in society. Mary could have felt as though she isn't very special. Just a girl, betrothed to a man - it is what it is. Nothing to see here.
I'm not sure about you but as a mother of young children, I can easily believe the lie that "there's nothing to see here." I often feel overlooked and under valued. The day in and day out of life can sometimes cause me to question, "Do I make a difference?" But God! Through Holy Spirit, we can always be reminded that we are indeed highly favored! Jesus gave everything - even His life - to show us how much He wanted to be with us. We can and should truly rejoice!
Notice, when the Angel of the Lord spoke to Mary, Joseph was not present for the conversation. This calling from Heaven is one that would be life-altering for them. It would have ramifications in all aspects of life. It isn't something that could or should have been taken lightly. What boldness and dedication Mary had to have! Later on in the story of Mary and Joseph, we see that an Angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. He was powerfully awakened to the plan of the Messiah.
A couple of years ago, God revealed some things to me. Like Mary, my husband wasn't in on these conversations. I am not called to carry the Savior of the World in a surprise pregnancy. But, I had to decide whether or not I would trust God with the purpose and plan that He had for me - for my family. Would I actively pursue it? Would I defend it? Would I cherish it? Would I keep it?
As the believer in your marriage, I can imagine there are things that God has called you to do. I am sure that these words have caused both hope and heartache in your life. What hope to know that God delights in you and trusts you with His plans. What heartache to see the resistance, pride or doubt coming from your spouse. I have experienced both.
I am still waiting for God to reveal these plans to my husband. I am waiting for an awakening. Oh how I would love for a dramatic experience with Angels and intervention from Heaven. Regardless of God's timing or ways, I believe with all my heart that my husband is right where He needs to be.
I want to close with these life changing words: For with God nothing will be impossible.
Let's talk in the comments. What gives you hope in the words that God has given you? How are you holding onto those words as you wait for those plans to come to pass?