Mary, did you know?

Manger at night under fog

“Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I AM”

Today I was preparing my Christmas playlist and I couldn’t help but stop on “Mary, did you know?” I love the truth of this song to remind us of all that Jesus did and is doing but most importantly who he is. The Great I AM

This inspired me to re-read Luke 1 and learned even more about Mary. When the angel, Gabriel, came and gave her the news that she had received favor from God and would birth Jesus, Mary needed clarification on how this could happen as she was a virgin.

And sweet Mary who I can only assume was still a little perplexed but declared “Let it be to me, according to your Word.”

How beautiful was her faithfulness.

I can’t imagine the many questions that ran through her mind but yet she stood on the promise that something unimaginable was about to happen and she was going to be used to bring it forth.

I wish I could say that I’m like Mary who immediately receives a word and stands on it. But I’m not there yet. I receive a word and then ask for confirmation over and over again. Maybe the devil tries to get to you as well

“Did God really say….” is the devil’s oldest trick which dates back to Genesis when Adam and Eve were in the garden. And we all know how that story panned out.

The devil wants to keep you and I from receiving God’s best for our lives. I can’t imagine how things would have been if Mary questioned the word she was given because it was confusing to her. I can’t imagine how the angel would have handled it, if Mary would have responded like Zechariah “How can I be sure this  will happen? I’m an old man now” (Luke 1:18). But instead she responded with the need of a little more clarification “But how can this happen, I am a virgin.” (Luke 1:34). I visually see a young woman who wanted to understand what was about to happen to her but even through it all, she believed.

I’m so inspired by her faith and  her confidence to allow God to have his way with her. If more of us would realize that we are the Lord’s servant, I believe that we would receive so much more fulfillment in life. I pray that we will strive to be more like Mary so that regardless of what God imprints on our hearts that we will have the confidence to go forth with the word he gave to us. Regardless of what he asks us to do, I pray that one day, we can confidently and faithfully declare “let it be to me, according to your word.”

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