When I came up with the idea of a blog, I did not want it to be defined by holidays or seasons. I always wonder if someone who read a Christmas blog in the the Spring or Summer, would automatically become disinterested.
But the more I embrace everything I know about my Saviour, the more I realize the importance of Virgin Birth and the fulfillment of that prophecy.
And along with the prophesy, an unlikely pre-teen girl, answered the call of God. Now back in that time, being betrothed that early was not uncommon, but the miracle was she had never been with a man… and God was going to have to come through for her to keep His Reputation intact.
When the Angel of the Lord came with God’s plan for her life, he prefaced it by saying, “Fear NOT!”
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:30
You see all she had to do was be willing and move when God said move. But God was so clear about allowing fear into her mind. He did not give a big psychological evaluation of why fears come in or how her parents treated her. He just said, “Don’t be afraid!”
WE all face situations where we could let fear overtake us. When God came to Mary, He said “Don’t”. It’s a choice!
But if I allow myself to think how I would be in Mary’s shoes, I could honestly get wrapped up in all the possible scenarios,confrontation, and stigma as a single mother and rehearse explanations and become defensive, but this was not her problem.
“Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever” Hebrews 13:8
God had to come through. He promised her she was favored. He would come through with a husband. He promised her that her relative, Elizabeth would also have a child, so she had another confirmation that this was more than her imagination.
“But seek His Kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
Do not be afraid, little flock, for Your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”
When fear stares us right in the face, we can remember Mary, and know God took care of every loose end to the incredible calling upon her life. I think sometimes as we get older, we start to overthink. We have seen all the “what if’s” and “what could be’s” in our minds. The problem is we miss opportunities when God wants to do the incredible or miraculous through us, because of the grey matter between our ears.
Whatever you are facing as you follow God’s plan for your life, realize that He has His reputation, His Word, and all the details already figured out. Please know hardship and offense will occur, but with Our Faith in Christ, many times we will see His Beautiful protection or Unseen Hand guiding us to a Higher place with Him.
Fear is a dead end; but Faith is an elevator to Christ!
Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
So choose Faith, because if God leads you, He does not disappoint!