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“Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18

In this short drama, Mary and Joseph both have their eyes to the future, but about very different things.  Mary struggles to tell Joseph about the future God has in store for their family.

Doesn’t this scene bring to life the humanness, the ordinariness, the simplicity of Mary and Joseph in God’s plan of our coming Saviour?   God chose 6a00d8341bffb053ef00e55373d0fd8833-500wiMary to be the mother of the Saviour of the world.  She was a pre-teen from a normal everyday family—not from nobility or high status. Somehow, someway, God’s work is going to involve using this humble person. Mary, no doubt, had expectations and dreams of marriage to Joseph. She might have expected an uncomplicated life of quiet domesticity.  But God had other plans for Mary. The angel told her she was highly favoured and the Lord would be with her as she gives birth to the Saviour of the world.  Mary could only be dimly aware of all that this would entail. What could she possibly have known of the emotional cost of her response to God?   But any questions she may have had were overshadowed by her faith and trust in God. She said, ‘I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.’  She chose to accept His call.  She chose to say yes to God. And that yes to God was committed, sincere, surrendered.

images (4)When she says YES to God, Mary also chooses to FOCUS ON GOD and the BIG PICTURE. She trusted that God would make it right even if it wasn’t easy. She knew that her Lord God has a vision and plan of redemption.   This was her focus; not on all the difficulties that will inevitably come.  She knew her mother would be upset. How might she explain it all to Joseph? In Matthew it says he was deeply troubled. Pregnant fiancé! YIKES! Mary had to temporarily endure the bitterness of suspicion from Joseph. The Law stated that if a Hebrew bride betrays her husband, and was not a virgin at marriage, she was to be stoned without pardon. (Deut. 22:20, 21) We read of course the Lord disclosed the true nature of the situation to Joseph through an angel. Mary’ faith was rewarded.

images (3)She’s probably not going to have the happy typical Palestinian wedding. People will be gossiping; her reputation sacrificed.  Yet, she sings praises to the Lord (Luke 1:48-55) This is such a great model for us. She’s praising God as she deals with LIFE. It won’t always be easy or easily understood. Isn’t that like us?  We say on Sunday morning, I am yours! I am singing your praises!  I really feel I am on your wavelength Lord!  Then LIFE happens….relationships suffer, misunderstandings, unmet expectations, illness, conflicting agendas, or a longing for temporary relief in unhealthy ways. That was Mary’s life! The eternal glorified Son of God in her cave house. Only a life centred on God and His END GAME could navigate that. SHE did navigate it! We know this because she was at the cross at the end of Jesus life. She didn’t cut and run. She didn’t say, you know I was only 12 when I said yes, and this is too hard. And we have the same Saviour and rescuer. The same great God. We can trust Him too.

In making wise choices consistently against the tide of our culture we need to remind ourselves of this big picture.  Faith grows, not as we try harder to believe, but as we meditate more on God and His glory. We are called to a radical trust in God.  Are we going to choose to say yes to God; to focus on God and his greatness? Are we going to choose to trust in His big Picture?  This is Mary’s witness to us.

images (5)Girlfriends, God knows what your life is like. He deliberately limited His life to share in your life! We are surrounded by brokenness, limitations, frustrations, and yes –darkness. And our God came to share that.  In fleshly form he shared your struggles. Heaven intersected earth. God wants heaven and earth to intersect in your heart. In how you live your life, the wise choices you make can be for your good and God’s glory.   Will you let God be God? Will you yield control over the details of your life? Like Mary, let’s say yes to God. Let’s focus on God and the big picture as we celebrate Christmas this year.




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