Christmas,  doubt,  faith,  Gabriel,  Mary of Nazareth,  proof,  willing spirit

Human- Love it!

‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her. At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:38-41).

One minute an angel is before her, the next he is gone.

Mary is left alone to ponder what just happened. She sat in her room dazed for days wondering what she was going to do next….NOT!

The very minute Gabriel left the room Mary N. was packing her bags to physically stand in the presence of the promise. (Nothing is impossible with God.) She ran to Elizabeth.

I remember how much I laughed when I realized how quickly she ran to her relative. There are key words that prove her hasty travel. Notice in verse 39: At that time (the time of the angel’s departure) she got ready.

I looked up the phrase got ready in the Greek. It literally means stand again or in our English vernacular got up. Do you know what this means? It is proof that Mary was kneeling before Gabriel as she humbly accepted this assignment. But before the dust settled from the flap of angel’s wings, Mary stood back up and at that time began to pack.

I feel so much better knowing that the woman chosen to give birth to the Messiah also needed assurance in the faith department. Perhaps she need to know she wasn’t dreaming or crazy. And she probably needed to find someone who would believe her and share in her joy before everyone realized she was an unwed mother.

She was human.

Thank you Lord for choosing people just like us to be instruments for your plans. We don’t have to be perfect, faith giants, or holy. We just have to be willing. Amen.

Grace and peace,

andy

Question for the day: Are you willing even if it means a total detour in your plans? List the benefits of a willing spirit.

Andy Lee is a wife, mother of three, author, speaker, and blogger. She inspires her readers to step out into their call whether to a neighbor or nation to find purpose and joy using the gifts God has given them. She lives on the North Carolina Coast with her favorite people in the whole word, her family. She loves chocolate, geraniums, coffee, and Jesus.

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