November 23: Mary’s Undistracted Praise

Read Luke 1:26-56

I wonder if Mary knew at what point the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and made her the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The very Son of God.  The very son of Mary.

I try hard to work out the details in my finite mind.  I imagine Mary struggled with the details as well.  I mean, how can one grasp the reality of a virgin conceiving and birthing God Himself?

Yet, even as her mind struggled to understand, Mary received the Word, both spoken and Living, with nothing less that grateful praise.

I am the Lord’s servant.  May it be to me as you have said. (v38)

Upon receiving that Word, her inmost being rejoiced at the truth that God Himself had a plan for the redemption of His people.  And not just any plan, a plan that involved lowly little virgin her.

It strikes me that Mary’s immediate response involved complete quiet-spirited submission to the One Whom she served.  God Himself.  Scripture doesn’t tell us what kinds of questions she had as the pregnancy progressed.  We don’t know what kinds of opposition she faced in her little town called Galilee.  We don’t know how she broke the news to Joseph that she had indeed saved herself for him yet was pregnant with God’s Son.  Or how she reacted when he made plans to divorce her quietly. (See Matt. 1:18-25.)  But we know one thing for sure — even in the midst of all the turmoil in the details of the coming King in Mary’s womb, the depths of her soul could only rejoice.

Even as Mary’s belly grew large and, no doubt, the rumors grew larger, she celebrated the great things of the Mighty One Who had made her the blessing that she would be.

From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me . . . (vv48,49)

Her spirit knew the truth of the forever that God had promised.  And nothing could distract her.

What kinds of things do we let distract us from the truth of the forever God has promised us?  You know, the truth of His rescue through Jesus Christ.  The truth of His death-conquering and life-giving.  The truth of the new life He gives when we trust Him and follow Him as Lord of our lives.

Like Mary, we each have a choice.  We can sing a song of praise to God for all that He has done, or we can let the distractions of the details in the meantime keep us from the celebration.

Today, I choose to celebrate Him.


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