“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 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, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:26-38
I had another thought on the “Mary moment” concept.
It seems to me that “Mary moments” can lead to “miracle moments”!
Surely it did in the first Christmas story! Perhaps there is a lesson for us today. Maybe we would see more “miracle moments” if we had more “Mary moments”!
All of us can identify with Mary’s question, “How can this be?” Everyone one of us have asked that, or at least thought that, when confronted by a challenge from God.
For the better part of four years I asked, “How can this be?” as I wrestled with God’s calling on my life.You may be facing a difficult challenge and you are asking, “How can this be?”
Perhaps God is planting a new dream or a vision in your spirit that is so big it frightens you and you wonder, “How can this be?” In fact, I would suggest that if that stirring does not cause you to ask, “How can this be?” it may not be from God.
As important as it is to ask, “How can this be?” that was not the “Mary moment”. That moment is not found in the question but rather in her answer, “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” - THAT was the “Mary moment” that allowed the “miracle moment” to happen!
If you wish to see more “miracle moments” happen, make more “Mary moments” happen!