Luke 1: 28-30
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.” NIV
It’s been about six months since Gabriel visited Zechariah to tell him that he and his wife will be the parents to John the Baptist, and now he is with Mary, giving her the great news that she will be the mother of Jesus.
Mary is understandably frightened by both his appearance and his words. The Message translates verse 30, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you.” MSG
And, what a surprise! What a gift!
God has an amazing plan, and Mary has been chosen to play a pivotal role in it.
Whether our roles are large, like Mary’s, or very small, we are all called to play a part in achieving God’s will. We don’t have to worry about the end game, God has that all figured out. We just need to fulfill our part with grace and steadfastness … Mary provides a great example of that.
That’s what I’ll think about today.