This story is all about trust. Here is a young girl who encounters an angel and was told that she will give birth to the Son of God. Mary must have experienced every emotion that you can think of. In a moment, her life was completely flipped upside down and made to no longer be about herself. She was given an enormous responsibility and privilege to be the mother of the Son of God. Think about the risk that Mary took by agreeing with the Lords plan. She was betrothed to marry a man, which was taken to be as serious as marriage and could only be broken by a divorce. She was living in a culture where children only happened after marriage, so she would not only take ridicule, but so would her family. Mary was faced with a choice to follow what the Lord had planned for her or to run from it. She chose to trust him. She chose to say yes to having her reputation smudged and to her life being completely different than she had ever anticipated. Despite what was ahead of her, she chose to trust that what the Lord willed was so much better than her reputation.
Trust is a choice and it's not always an easy one. Sometimes what the Lord is calling us to is in no way, shape, or form going to be easy. The bottom line is that we have to wake up each day and choose to believe that what the Lord is calling us to is better than we can plan for our own future. We have to choose to surrender our own plans so that we can submit to what he has for us. Imagine if Mary had decided that her reputation was much more important than what God had asked of her. She would have missed out of the opportunity to carry the Son of God in her belly for 9 months. She would have missed the incredible chance to be his mother while he was on earth and fulfill a role that no one else ever will.
Trust can be hard when we don't have evidence that it's worth it. When you trust God, you might not get the outcome you expected, but you will get the best thing for you. It's amazing that, when we're obedient, God often will have His will completed while also being really good to us. The point isn't to always expect to get something from God, but to trust that He actually does know what's best for the whole world.
We all have something in our lives that will take courage to choose to trust the Lord. What is he asking out to trust him with? What opportunities is he leading you into if you just say yes?
Lord I want to trust you. I choose to trust you. Help me see the places in my life that I am not trusting you. I know that the plans you have for me are so much better than my own so I pray that I will consistently choose to trust you.
- Laura DeGroot