Isaiah 7:10-14;8:10 ● Hebrews 10:4-10 ● Luke 1:26-38
Upon entering, Gabriel greeted Mary:
“Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty,
Beautiful inside and out! God be with you.”
She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus. Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”
And Mary said,
“Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me just as you say.”
Did Mary really “see it all”? Perhaps the veil between this world and the next was lifted for a moment and everything was made clear then. But almost certainly things weren’t always as clear after the angel left her. Later, she puzzled over things people told her about Jesus, she was hurt by his pre-teen rebuke when she found him in the temple, she felt confusion about his calling when he began his public ministry, and she felt the agony of watching him be tortured and killed. But she continued to honor her “yes” to God, despite not knowing how things would end.
Recall a wonderful, profound, or beautiful experience in your life that was clearly of God’s doing although it may have initially seemed impossible. Thank God for that now, and ask that this memory strengthen your faith that nothing is impossible with God.
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