I want more than anything to have a faith like Mary's.
Last week, I went home to celebrate my Mama's birthday with my family. One of her favorite Christmas songs is "A Baby Changes Everything" by Faith Hill, so naturally, I heard it a few times while I was with her. I had probably heard that song a dozen times before I really heard it. And when I heard it, it hit me.
Hearing the nativity story, I've always been so focused on picturing Mary as an ordinary, lowly, meek girl that God used in a huge way--I've never really thought about how extraordinary her faith was. How huge, bold, and unwavering her faith was--such a contrast to the picture I've always had of her.
Picture this. A teenage girl--much, much younger than any of us. Unmarried. Still living under her parents roof. Innocent in every way, simply trying to live her life to glorify God. And the Creator of the Universe chose her to carry His Son, to carry the Savior of the world. Can you imagine? I think I would've passed smooth out right then and there...but Mary simply said yes. Without hesitation, just followed her God in obedience, trusting that His will was greater than her will. She didn't make excuses, she didn't ask for some grand sign. She just said, "Yes, Lord, yes."
"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on the lowliness of His servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name."
It gives me chills...every time I read this passage, my eyes fill up with tears. She didn't question His plan, she just went with it. She didn't hide in fear, she didn't let her fear get the best of her--she just trusted. I want more than anything to have more Mary moments in my life.
I pray that I can surrender to His will as humbly and faithfully as she did. I can't imagine the ways that God would use me if I just had faith like Mary's.