26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 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. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Mary was a just a teenager when the angel came to her and the story of Jesus began. I can’t even being to image how brave Mary must have been in order to believe this message from the angel, to have the courage to live in the day that she did expecting a child and not married. The scripture says that Mary was troubled–I beat she was!!! I am sure all of the thoughts of “why me”, “pick someone else”, “I must be going crazy” were all running through her mind.
Mary must have been quite an amazing young girl because once the angel is done speaking with her, she replies to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant and may your words to me be fulfilled” and she was ready to do what the Lord asked her to do. There isn’t much on the personal story here but all I know if I had told my parent something like this or if one of my daughters came to me with this story—let’s just say, you wouldn’t be reading this right now!!
Mary was given a task that some would have said that will be impossible for her to do. Not only did Mary do and complete her task, Mary did it well. She delivered the Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Just this little Jewish girl turns a nearly impossible task into the most amazing thing ever.
We probably all need a little bit of Mary in us this Christmas season. We all need to do something that we or others may thing is impossible. We might look at a situation and say, “Oh, that will never happen” or be told “you could never do that”. But you can!! You can do this thing. You probably will not be ask to give birth to a baby but we may be asked to do so something like watch a single mother’s children, serve food in a mission, speak at a function, or walk across the room and talk with the widower. We call do something in our own way, we just need to do it and do it today.
This month, I challenge you to do something that you think you cannot do. Today is December 1st. Write down this impossible “thing” on a piece of paper. Think about it, dwell over it and just take that first step in getting it done. You have 31 days to complete this “impossible” task. Just think of Mary with her fears and hesitations with her task and find encouragement with her. Merry Christmas!!