I consider Mary’s reply to Angel Gabriel’s message about the birth of Christ to be one of the most remarkable ever recorded in Scripture.
It is easy to assume that you would respond the same as Mary did if placed in the same circumstance—I mean, who would turn down being the vessel through which the Christ would come, right?
“Such a blessing Mary received,” you’d say. “Such high favor from God, Himself!”
But it doesn’t end there.
To be blessed and highly favored doesn’t mean exemption from troubles and hardships. In fact, with this privilege of destiny come certain difficulties. “To whom much is given, much is also required” (Luke 12:48b). There’s a price that every disciple must pay to follow Jesus—“If you will be my disciple, you must lay down your life, pick up your cross, and follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 16:24). Mary was blessed, but she was also warned…“And a sword will pierce your soul too” (Luke 2:35b). This later [partly] manifested as Mary witnessing the agony and death of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary.
Does God allowing Mary to experience this hardship in the later years mean that she became less blessed and favored by Him?
A resounding no.
We, God’s children, like Mary, must also understand that being blessed or called to accomplish “great” things doesn’t mean that we are set apart to enjoy bliss throughout life. The days, which will likely be more than once, for the testing of your faith and suffering in some form, will definitely come; no Christian escapes this. We are in a fallen world after all, and perfect forever will only begin in heaven. However, Jesus has promised that you will overcome if you remain in Him. Moreover, there will be days of laughter as well. But even in the day of trouble, peace and joy can still remain. One has to make the decision to put their trust in God, even when it seems everything about life is spiraling out of control. For Mary, she’d made plans like any responsible adult would. But God’s “interference” nearly halted hers, and then set her on a completely different path than one she’d ever imagined possible, which included much pain. Nonetheless, this was God’s plan for her life.
Like Mary, trust God even when every plan you’ve laid down has failed or will appear to. Follow the path He is leading you on. God, your Father in heaven, remains the determiner of your life’s direction (if you are truly His servant) and in control of everything even when it seems like He is not. Remember the disciples in the boat with Jesus when it seemed the squall would sink them? Jesus was fully aware of everything. Like Mary, remain steadfast in your response to God, “I am your servant. Let it be to me as You have said” (Luke 1:38). Finally, in all that you endure on the path that God is leading you on, remember this:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:11
About The Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2016, Miranda was honored to be one of 500 book reviewers across the world invited to help launch Tim Tebow’s book, Shaken.
When Miranda isn’t reviewing books/entertainment or hosting interviews on TBAP, she’s writing, reading for fun or relaxing with a good movie! When she gets bored with the world, she talks to God about it! To learn more about her book, To Die Once, and her journey as an author, you can follow her author website. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.
**The article, I Am Mary, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP). It is part of the I Am series on the TBAP blog.