"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered.
Experiencing Christmas at a heart level sometimes needs to be found by finding a different perspective. Finding something new in a story we have heard hundreds of times can sometimes be difficulty, as our eyes and hearts skim over the familiar text. It is when we read and ponder and study that we find something new and exciting waiting there for us.
Mary was but a teenager when she was visited by the angel Gabriel with the news that she had been chosen to be the mother of the Son of God. Her only question: "How can this be since I am a virgin?". Her only question.
Can you pause with me for a moment? If God were to send an angel to you right now with a mission for you to accomplish, would you have only one question? Would you answer as Mary did saying, "I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said."?
Not me! I'd have a million questions and want to know every detail. I am humbled and awed by Mary's complete calm and obedience. How did this mature and faithful response come out of such a young woman?
She knew the scriptures and she knew her God. In Luke 1:46-55, Mary's Magnificat is recorded, her praise and prayer to God. Found within these 10 verses are 12 Old Testament scripture quotes and references. Her obedience was second nature because she was rooted in scripture and she trusted the Most High God.
As we Unwrap Jesus this Christmas season, may we find the same courage and obedience that graced a young woman named Mary. I pray we will dig deep into scripture to find and know our Savior Jesus. And when He asks something of us, may our response be:
"Yes, I am the Lord's servant."