“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1: 38)
I wonder if Mary had any idea what she had just agreed to do. She was betrothed to Joseph and perhaps making plans for the wedding. Now he wanted to call it off. Who could have blamed him? Family and friends probably wondered how they could have been so wrong about her. How could Mary convince them of the angel's visit?
God's plans for Mary certainly changed her life. Mary must have asked God, "Why?" But she trusted God and accepted His will for her. In the end, her blessing was great. She was the Mother of the Savior!
How about us? Have there been changes in our lives that we were not expecting? The pregnancy was not planned. Health issues arose. A loved one was lost. Such things significantly impact our lives, and we ask God, "Why?"
Unlike Mary, we may never know exactly why some things happen. But during those difficult times, there are blessings as well: the smile of that precious unexpected child, the compassionate care of health care professionals, the support and love of family and friends. Through it all our Loving Father walks with us.
GENESIS 3:9-15, 20 • PSALM 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4 • EPHESIANS 1:3-6, 11-12 ● LUKE 1:26-38