Merry Christmas! Since Christmas comes on Friday, I decided to post early this week. Lately I have been reading a lot in my Bible about Mary, Jesus’ mother. I am in awe of her unfailing faith and trust that she has in the Lord through this time of chaos where her life was completely turned upside down. Mary’s song has particularly struck me as something worth deeply studying and meditating upon. These worshipful words certainly do not sound like the words of a teenage girl who just found out she was pregnant and about to be shunned. During adversity Mary responded with praise rather than with despair and anxiety. She believed that the Lord’s plans were better than her own, and that He would protect her. Mary not only accepted the news, but she embraced it as a blessing. She felt overjoyed that God had chosen to honor her, a normal teen from Nazareth. Let’s take a look at her song then, shall we?
Luke 1:46-55 (ESV), “And Mary said “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
How do you respond when God leads your life on a difficult path which you did not plan on? You probably don’t respond like Mary did. I certainly know that I don’t usually respond that way. I’m a girl who loves plans. I like having things just so. The truth is that God’s plans are far superior to mine, and I must surrender to Him. I must worship Him for the wonders He has done and will do in my life and in the world.
Mary’s song is filled with acknowledgements of God’s glorious deeds. Through this act of worship, Mary has expressed that God is Lord over her life. No matter what, He is her rock. Pray that God would help you to have a heart like Mary, a heart which glorifies Him unconditionally, one that leans upon Him. Remember that God has you in His best interest, and He will always be with you. You are never alone in the times of chaos. He will guide you and lead you if you allow Him to. It is your choice whether you meet adversity with grumbling or with the joy of the Lord. Ponder over this message and pray that God would lead you in the application of this message daily, now during Christmas and all other times.
I hope that you have a blessed time celebrating the birth of our Savior with your friends and family this week. I will see you back on my blog next week. Thank you for reading, and I hope this message touched your heart in some way.
In Christ’s Love,