“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.'” Luke 1:26-33
Can you imagine being told your child will be the Son of God? We know Mary had faith in God but could her brain truly wrap around all that meant? We struggle with understanding how God could allow things to happen to us like loosing our jobs.
There is a song, put out by many people but the first time I heard it sang was from Michael English, called “Mary Did You Know?” He wasn’t asking, in the song, if she knew she was going to be the mother of the Son of God, she knew that, the Angel told her so and since she believed in God she knew it to be true. What he asked in the song were things like, “did you know that He would be your Savor, did you know that He would walk on water, make storms calm with His hand, the dead will rise by His mouth?”
Seriously, can you imagine?
As a mother for five beautiful babies, whose time with them is just flying by, I cannot even comprehend my children growing up and getting married because they are my babies, let alone think of the possibility that they could “save nations” as He did and continues to do.
For Mary, even though He was her baby, He was her Lord; she needed Him and what she could give Him in life was nothing compared to what He could give her. How can anyone wrap their head around that.
God came to Earth in human form, as the Son of God, to be born – which in itself is not even remotely a good experience for a baby – and then slept among livestock in a trough with straw for a bed.
He humbled Himself, from the very start, to love us beyond anyone’s possible understanding.
And it wasn’t just Mary who needed to just trust unconditionally in the position she was given. It is every Daddy’s dream to have a son who they can teach “manly” things to. Joseph must have been beside himself, at times, wondering what he could possibly teach GOD. I know my husband gets a little disappointed if he was not able to teach our son something because he figured it out on his own.
So what was Mary to do? Be a mother, who loves her child, supports them and protects them even if He could do it all by Himself. She was placed in that position and so was Joseph, for a reason. He knew they were the perfect pair.
You are given your children for a reason, you and your spouse are the perfect pair for your babies. Sure you may have times in prayer where you ask God, “why me” thinking you are not equipped enough to deal with the temper tantrums, mental health issues they face, disciplining a child who runs away or does drugs but God knows better. You were hand-picked to love, support and protect, even if they can do it all by themselves.
Thank you Mary and Joseph for showing me how to be a parent, even in conditions where you may have felt inadequate. If you can do it, I can do it.
Not Yet But Getting There! (notyetproverbs31)