Mary is my Bible hero. I must admit she’s one of many favorites but when I think of someone I long to be like, I think of her. Upon greeting her Gabriel spoke: “Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, Beautiful inside and out! God be with you.”
We don’t know what set her apart. We don’t know why she was God’s chosen for this task. All we know is, God saw Mary. Mary was pure. Mary was available. Mary had her hands lifted to heaven in surrender. He saw her heart. He saw her willingness. He saw her humility. And, because of that, she was chosen by God to carry out the promise.
I’m sure it wasn’t easy. Imagine the fear she faced because of what the Lord expected of her. Imagine the worry and the second guessing of what God spoke to her. Imagine the weight of the burden she felt to carry through with the birth. Yet, she chose to lift up her praise to God and allowed Him to birth His dream in her.
“My soul praises the Lord; my heart rejoices in God my Savior, because he has shown his concern for his humble servant girl. From now on, all people will say that I am blessed, because the Powerful One has done great things for me. His name is holy. God will show his mercy forever and ever to those who worship and serve him.” — Luke 1:46-50
God has something that He wants to birth in each of us.
I’m not talking about baby Jesus but, He wants to entrust us with something … little dreams and aspirations and duties that He is trying to grow in and through us. Yours is something unique just for you. It probably doesn’t even make sense. Actually, it shouldn’t make sense to us. It didn’t make sense for Mary, a virgin, to birth Jesus by the Holy Spirit. It didn’t make sense for Moses who felt he couldn’t speak to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. It didn’t make sense for Gideon, a man hiding in a cave, to create an army to avenge his people. It didn’t make sense for David, a little shepherd boy to slay a giant and eventually become king. The Bible is packed full of story after story like this, unlikely people who were willing and who let God.
Are you willing? Are you available? Are you ready?
We don’t have to be extra special or the holiest person in the world to be used by God.
We don’t have to have a list of qualifications for what He wants us to do. We don’t even have to have everything in order before it begins. The power lies in our surrendered hearts. The hearts that pray bold prayers. The hearts that say, “God, I’m all in. Whatever that looks like. Whatever it takes. I am willing. I am Yours.”
So, step out in obedience with whatever faith you can muster, allowing Him to lead. Go ahead, cast aside your plans for your life and pursue the presence of God in your everyday. Trust Him more than you trust in your ability. Seek Him more than you seek anything else. Choose to agree with Him beyond the doubt of your mind.
There will be times when you feel the pain of carrying whatever it is and times where you’re impatiently waiting for it to actually come. But, choose to be like Mary by allowing praise instead of complaints to take you through the birthing process. Don’t abort it. Don’t induce it. Wait on the Lord because He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it. It won’t be easy. It won’t be painless. It won’t be overnight. It will be tough and excruciatingly so at times.
But, dear one, it will be beautiful. God dreams always are.
I am not brave, I’ll never be.
The only thing my heart can offer is a vacancy.
I’m just a girl, nothing more.
But I am willing, I am Yours.”
“Be Born in Me.”
sung by: Francesca Battistelli