Mary, Did You Know?

Today I heard the Christmas song “Mary Did You Know?” This is a question that I have often thought about. Did Mary have any idea what she was saying when she told the Angel, “May it be done to me according to your word.”

I’m sure she couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to actually raise the Son of God. And I’m sure whatever she did imagine didn’t involve giving birth in a stable or having to flee to Egypt to save Jesus from the wrath of Herod.

It’s likely that she never imagined she would some day experience the pain and agony of watching her Son, “The Messiah,” being crucified on a cross. It makes me wonder: If she had known what saying “yes” would entail, would she still have said yes?

The more I read God’s word, the more I realize that God’s ways are not our ways. The way God fulfilled the early-day prophesies looked nothing like what His people expected.

Are we living life with these kinds of expectations? Are we looking for God to show up in ways that are contrary to what we’ve seen in His Word? Again, God’s ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. And, whether we realize it or not, that’s a good thing. He is the creator of all things and He knows better than any of us ever will. And as we experience God’s call for our lives, whatever that call may be, our answer should be the same as Mary, “May it be done to me according to your word.”

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