I know it’s not Christmas, but Mary’s story deserves a look more than once per year.
Revisit her encounter with the angel Gabriel:
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.”
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
And the angel departed from her.
Imagine for a moment how these words must have sounded to a teenage peasant girl.
I know you’re a virgin, but, you’re going to become pregnant despite the fact you haven’t had sex. And one last thing, the baby boy growing inside of you is the Messiah, the Son of God, the Ruler of the Universe. Merry Christmas!
We can only imagine the questions going through young Mary’s mind:
How can I raise the Son of God?
What do I tell my family?
What do I tell Joseph?
One thing we do know for certain is her response: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Mary was confident in the midst of what seemed to be an impossible situation and an overwhelming task that God would do what He said He would.
When it comes to your faith, ask: Do you believe only what seems humanly unbelievable? Are you open to God doing the unexpected? Do you take God at His word even when everyone else would say not to?