From Pastor’s Desk:
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. – Luke 1:30-31 (NIV)
Mary was an amazing woman. Think of the situation — a 13 to 15 year old virgin is told that she has favor with God. Favor? She will be pregnant and have to convince her fiancée that she was not unfaithful. She will have to endure the gossip that will follow her for the rest of her life concerning the birth of her son and the timing of her wedding to Joseph. Yet God DOES give Mary favor; He reveals to her the unique role that she plays in God’s purposes and she embraces that role, even though it will come at great personal cost. Christmas is a reminder that our story—including all of the difficult parts—is never truly understood until it is seen in the light of God’s story. (Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible)
A good thought to remember when you know you are in the perfect center of God’s will, but, at the same time, you are smack dab in the middle of adverse circumstances.
I think a good point of the story is to not seek approval from anyone but God. People cannot see the beginning of your calling, nor can they see the things you have undergone to get where you are today. But, as one song says, “If you could see where Jesus brought me from to where I am today…”
Ofttimes it escapes us that Mary lived, probably all her life, under the shadow of her “illegitimate” birth, as people were more than likely the same then as now. Some would never be convinced that her pregnancy was miraculous. Some would never understand how Joseph could even begin to forgive her, much less continue in the relationship with her. Some would, I think, go so far as to invoke the “law” on her, that is, taking her out and stoning her to death.
No, we don’t really stop to think how severe the ordeal she must have endured to birth the Son of God.
Some people don’t really stop to think how severe are your ordeals, though you are in the center of God’s will, producing that which only God knows will be the outcome of such ordeal.
Be content to know in your heart that you are in God’s will, doing whatever He, not others, dictates to fulfill His plan for you.