Hello, FINE Sisters!
Over the holidays, I read the Christmas story and was in awe over Mary, Jesus’ mother. Take some time now to read through Luke 1:26-56. What captured my attention was this…..
Mary was going about her ordinary day, and an angel appeared to her. The angel said, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women!” Mary was troubled at his saying and considered what manner of greeting this was. I think I would have been troubled by seeing an angel, let alone what he was saying. This was undoubtedly an extraordinary event. Mary stopped what she was doing and considered what was happening in that very moment. The angel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Then the angel lays out the plan of God that she would conceive in her womb a Son and call His name Jesus. Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” The angel lays out the plan some more about how the Holy Spirit will come upon her and the power of the Highest will overshadow her and that the Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Whoa, what? The angel brings her cousin Elizabeth into the mix and explains how she has conceived a son in her old age, and she was barren! And here is the promise I love and hold onto dearly…. “for with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold, I am the Servant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed.
Even as I type this now, my heart skips a beat. There is so much here that brings me hope! Over the Christmas season and even today, as I write this, I am placing my situation into this passage. After all, the Bible is God’s written, personal love letter to me; therefore, I make it personal!
God knows who I am. He knows me by name. He has a specific, beautiful plan laid out for me. Psalm 139 tells me that God knit me together in my mother’s womb; I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God has formed all my days. I am highly favored. I need to take the time in my ordinary day and look for His extraordinary presence. (read Exodus 3 with Moses and the burning bush) I must have the faith to believe what God says and have the courage to say, “Yes, Lord, I am your Servant. Be it unto me according to your word.”
After the angel departs, Mary heads to her cousin Elizabeth’s house. I am sure she wanted to tell her cousin what she just experienced but also to see the miracle unfolding in Elizabeth’s life. WHOA! “Hey, cuz, we are doing this together!” After the baby leaps for joy in Elizabeth’s womb after hearing Mary’s voice, Elizabeth says the following, “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
When a beautiful God moment unveils itself in my life, whether it is a crisis or a celebration, I run to my “FINE Sisters” and say, “Guess what?” My “FINE Sisters” response is always, “Blessed are you because you believe! Be it unto you, Sharon, according to His word.” My “FINE Sisters” encourage my faith.
Mary then exclaims her praise to the Lord. The title in my bible says, “The Song of Mary,” other translations say “The Magnificat.”
And Mary said:
46 “My soul [a]magnifies the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
54 He has helped His Servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”
My FINE Sisters, be it unto you, according to His word. God has a beautiful plan for you, and it is part of His Kingdom agenda. It is part of His big plan. God is looking for you to say, “Yes, Lord, I am your servant.” He wants you to trust His plan. It might be super scary, and the unknown is beyond comprehension. It certainly was for Mary. Let me assure you of this, with God all things are possible! I am guessing Mary could have said, “NO WAY!” I don’t know. But here is what I want to believe. I want to be a part of God’s grand adventure. In Esther 4:14, Mordecai says to Esther that deliverance is coming, whether it be through her or from another place. Esther had a choice to make to be a part of God’s great plan or remain afraid and pass the baton on for someone else to do it. Never!
Let’s boldly and courageously say YES to all that God has for us, even if we are saying it afraid. Remember to take the time in your “ordinary” day to seek God. Slow down, be still, listen, and look. There are “extraordinary” moments happening all day long. Run to your FINE Sister and share the exciting news or the scary news. Share it here with us, too, in this community. We need each other to walk this journey to encourage our faith. Faith to believe all things are possible. Faith to risk. Faith to trust. And faith to surrender.
Sister, I don’t know what you are going through today or what decision is before you. Mary didn’t know all the details either, but she said yes. Mary was part of God’s ultimate grand plan. Mary is the Mother of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Mary held baby Jesus in her arms and probably dreamed the dreams all new mothers do. Mary also witnessed her precious Baby get tortured, and she held Him once again in her arms as He was removed from the cross. Mary also saw her Baby rise again on the third day to save all of us. I say this, and I type this with great fear and trembling, “Lord, I am your Servant. Be it unto me according to your word, according to your Kingdom agenda.” My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God, my Savior!!
Ladies, will you say this with me?