And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38
Wouldn’t it be great if more of us would take the same attitude as Mary? Here we have Mary who has just been told by an angel that she is going to have a child and she is not married. In fact she is still a virgin. For most today having a child outside of marriage is not a big deal. We are so caught up in our own personal freedoms and choices that we no longer think about what this situation means to a child. We have lost our ability to feel shame on just about everything. So what is to happen to Mary is no big deal in today’s world.
Not so back then. To have a child out of wedlock was a big deal. Mary at the least would have been an outcast. She would have been disowned by her family. But since she had been betrothed to Joseph, most likely she would have been stoned for adultery. No, the news Mary had just received would have been hard to take. Yet what does Mary do? Mary tells Gabriel that she is the Lords servant. If this is God’s will then Mary is ready to carry it out no matter the personal cost.
Too often I want to bargain with God. I am afraid I am not alone in this. Yes God we say I will do what you asked but first do this for me. Or yes I will do what you ask but first I need to take care of this or that. We want quid pro quo from God, do this and we will do that. But we cannot bargain with God. God will do what God will do and we cannot change it. When He asks we need to be ready to do the task He has given us.
I cannot remember anything that God has had me do that had the consequences that Mary faced. Most of the time it amounts to a minor inconvenience or maybe a chance for rejection or embarrassments. When people found out about Mary, she risked losing her family and most likely her life. The most we usually have to lose is a little time. Not much to lose in the great scheme of things is it?
Have a blessed day,