Think about this for a moment…Scripture tells us that Mary was highly favored by God and she would be the one to give birth to the Son of God. She was told His Name and that He would sit on David’s throne.
Miraculous, stunning, incredible...why her? Can you hear this question behind her questions? She asked how. It wasn’t out of doubt but rather the search for understanding. The impossible was being spoken to her, but it had the voice of the Lord behind it, and He spoke the possible.
From that moment on her life would be different.
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, 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 conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him 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 Jacob’s descendants 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 on 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 unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.’ ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:26-38
There would be so much joy that would accompany her favor with God.
She would witness the impossible becoming the possible.
What did His favor feel like as she held God in her arms and saw His tiny face staring into hers?
What joy would she feel as she would awaken in the night to feed and rock the Savior of the world?
As Gabriel spoke, she had only the promise, but she trusted that promise. In time, she would hum a song over the Author of music. Her heart would link with His forever. She would hold His hand as he learned to walk. She would get to hear the first words of the One who had spoken the world into creation.
But did she know the scope of God’s favor over her life? Think about this…She would be seen as unfaithful to her betrothed, Joseph. Questions about her pregnancy would follow her all the days of her life.
What would God’s favor feel like when she heard the names her Son was called or the threats shouted at Him? How would she recognize God’s favor when it fell as a cross over the shoulders of her beloved Son? What witness of the favor of God did she see as she watched the nails pounded into His hands?
How heavy was God’s favor as she wept over her dying Son? She would have laughed and rejoiced over His first words, but she would have doubled over in grief as she heard His last.
How often did this young woman who was highly favored by God have to whisper the same words she spoke the moment she first heard? “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Can our voices echo hers? “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”