28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
God chose Mary for the ultimate act of service and obedience... to carry and deliver The Messiah and Savior of the World! Can you imagine what was going through her dazed head, shaking body, and beating heart? She wakes up one day to a frightening yet magnificent Angel speaking God’s Holy calling over her life requesting a fierce burden of service. This calling would be the driving force behind the destiny of mankind. The Angel said to not be afraid and he comforted young Mary with the assurance that God had chosen HER to specifically and uniquely serve HIM. She had been called to be a Blessed Servant of The Lord!
And Mary said, “Behold, I am a blessed servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
I can not fathom the emotional distress and the anxiety of the “why me” that must have quickly plagued Mary’s soul after the angelic experience! I wonder what she was feeling in that moment of distress? Surely, she was breathless and tearful as she conjured up her courage to hear and understand what the angel was saying and then to rise up and accept in holy surrender the God calling placed on her life.
What would I have done in that split moment to comply to God’s personal request for service to the Holy One? How would I have reacted to the brilliance and greatness of God’s unannounced Holy Angel speaking to me? My immediate response comes in the form of a question …..”Who am I to be chosen to receive a God calling with very little experience in holy servitude and to be brave enough “to move” on the unexpected summoning.”
Through my own spiritual callings thus far, I have learned that we are each specifically chosen as purposed servants. And, the only way I have been brave enough to say “Yes” to Jesus without any hesitation is by having found peace, over time, with God’s will in it all. Maybe tearfully accepting but confidently letting go of my own will and not to fight His anymore! That peace is instilled in my heart now, securly guarded, and knowing that my ways are not His ways….His ways are perfect, holy, and divine. Mine are merely human and my own! He commands me to “walk by faith and not by sight” and promises the bigger picture is beyond glorious and rewarding! My spiritual eyes are so limited in scope that I can not understand and should not question His book of life and or the journey that he has prepared for me. In a spirit of surrender i claim, “His will, His way! So be it!” Amen
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
Mary was afraid at first, and rightly so, questioning the Angel’s command that was being spoken. But God knew and saw her undiscovered faith abilities and her hidden strength which would surface discovering the fate and watching the suffering of her King-Son. His confidence in her abilities would allow Mary to endure and bear the burden of His massive calling on her tiny self. She was predestined and wonderfully perfectly made for it. God knew fully well whom He was choosing when He chose Mary and knows fully well whom He is choosing when He looks to us for our chosen servant’s heart.
Then I heard the voice of the LORD as he was asking, “Whom will I send? Who will go for us?” “Here I am!” I replied. “Send me.”
Beth McMillan is a child of the Most High God. He calls me “bride to be” and sees that I have fallen in LOVE with His son, Jesus. Appropriately named, Beth translates “House of God”. I work for Jesus at McMillan Interiors displaying His Splendor. Word of God speak…a creative vessel.
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