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What if Mary had said no?
Have you ever considered this?
Mary who is engaged to be married is being told by an angel that she is to carry the Lord’s son. There are about a million things she can be worried about.
Not only is she facing possible execution, her fiancé leaving her, and ridicule… In the unlikely event that everyone believes her, I think it would be totally valid for her to think: What about me and my plans? I am about to get married!! I don’t want to have to alter the wedding dress! I like being a regular girl, everyone is going to ask me tons of questions! I really am too busy for all this right now! God can you find someone else?
Can you imagine this in today culture? What with all our “plans and schedules” I’m afraid we would just be too busy for such a task!
But instead of any of these excuses she says:
I think Mary “got” something that we often just don’t comprehend.
It wasn’t about her.
She had the amazing privilege to be the mother of Jesus because she was willing to be “the Lord’s servant.”
This is HUGE
And her self-sacrificing doesn’t end there. Imagine you have agreed to carry God’s baby and it comes time for you to deliver. I don’t know but I’m thinking maybe an angel comes and offers a big palace for me to deliver and it is a totally
Imagine you have agreed to carry God’s baby and it comes time for you to deliver. I don’t know but I’m thinking maybe an angel comes and offers a big palace for me to deliver. Totally pain-free child birth complete with people fanning me and feeding me grapes would also be nice.
But as we know, she has to make a long journey on a donkey only to find there is NO ROOM for them at the inn and she has no choice but to deliver Jesus in a manger.
You would think Mary would be shouting,
“UMM HELLO HAVING GOD’S SON HERE??? Can someone ELSE sleep in the manger for crying out loud?!!”
Yet Mary knew this wasn’t about her…it was ALL about Jesus.
Every piece of her story, her pain, and even her frustration was all part of the beautiful story that we still remember today and will remember for generations to come, not because of her, but because of Jesus.
While I certainly believe Mary was the one God choose but what if she had said no. She would have been free to do live her own little “important” life not to be “inconvenienced with the fear of being stoned and shaming her fiancé and family. Yet her own little plans and agenda would have died with her generations ago and we would never even know her name.
Making His name famous, furthering His kingdom, and doing HIS work. His name is the only one that will last through the generations. Why is it so hard for us to realize this?
Father my own little Kingdom is just laughable really. Take my oh so important “plans” and use them for YOUR glory. My plans and kingdoms will fall, but your Lord never will.
Mary was truly the Lord’s servant. She put her own plans, fears, and excuses to the side. None of that matters when the God of the universe has other plans.