Luke 1:34-38 New International Version (NIV)
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 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[a] the Son of God. 36 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. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Mary, a teenager, was asked to carry and birth the Messiah. It may have seemed to anyone looking on that what God was asking was quite irrational and impossible.
Mary on the other hand, responded with acceptance and trust. As she questioned the angel she was not rebuked as Zechariah (v20) had been. Rather it was as if Mary did not doubt the angel’s words, but merely wanted to know how such an event would be accomplished.
The answer was that the Holy Spirit would creatively bring about this miraculous conception of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Mary was a teenager, I am a woman in my mid-fifties. Why do I doubt? Where is my faith? Why is it that when I have situations going on around me that seem irrational and impossible that I become so anxious, that I question God in all that is happening?
I feel so often like a Zechariah, doubting, and yet I know from God’s word that ‘nothing is impossible with God.’(v37)
May I learn what it means to respond with acceptance and trust.
Remove my doubt, may my response be one of acceptance and trust. I know that nothing is impossible with you Lord. Just as your Holy Spirit accomplished such an event, may I recognize too, that it is that very same Holy Spirit living inside me.
Lord, make me more like you. I am your servant Lord – I desire to trust you fully in all that I do. More of you Lord and less of me.