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Mary’s Words

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The preparations for one of the most holy holidays in the Christian calendar is evident as people are busy decorating, shopping, and cooking to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The lights shine brightly across an already lit city of metro Atlanta, heralding the special day.
The story of the birth of Jesus begins long before the angel visited Mary to announce how the events would soon unfold. Prophets foretold the birth of the Savior of the world.
“And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38 (KJV)
She was in essence saying a resounding, “Amen, so let it be.”
It’s easy to say, “Amen,” when standing on God’s promises of bringing good things into our lives, blessing us, healing us, and above all, forgiving and saving us. Her decision would cause some repercussions in her life, no doubt in that culture. She was yet unwed and soon to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit, which was worthy of stoning, not to mention being ex-communicated, and the probability of a broken engagement.
But her words ring clear, “Behold the handmade of the Lord, Be it unto me according to thy word.” She made the decision that whatever was to come her way, she was the Lord’s servant, even at such a young age. Could she know all that her decision to surrender to the will of God would be? We can only speculate. She chose to allow God’s plan and purpose for her life to be fulfilled.
As I meditate on her words, I can’t help but think about how surrender to God’s will is a decision we must make. To surrender sometimes means that we will go through trials, temptations, persecutions, etc. In those times, it may be more difficult to surrender to the will, purpose, and plan of God. But if we understand that God is good and that He will work all things together for good even though sometimes it seems or feels anything but good. We can rest in His promise and say, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to Thy Word.”

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