This week, our readings finally brought us into the New Testament. It was such a dramatic contrast to go from reading the gloom and doom of the last few books of the old testament to these first few chapters bursting with hope and joy in our Savior’s birth.
As we read Mary’s story, the angel greets her as ‘highly favored’ and says that the Lord is with her. Gabriel describes what is about to take place to Mary, and she responds so beautifully, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants.” (Luke 1:38). When Mary visits pregnant Elizabeth, Elizabeth blesses her as well, ending with “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said” (Luke 1: 45).
My initial response when I feel the nudging of the Holy Spirit is always, always self- doubt. I wonder if I’ve heard correctly or if I’m just over-thinking things. My response is never like Mary’s. But it should be.
When Mary’s future was at stake, she believed that God had it all under control.
She was blessed simply because she believed that the Lord would do what He said that He would do. Such a basic idea. The Lord will keep His word- Our Bible is full of examples of this- Abraham, Noah, Moses, David. Is that all that it takes to be blessed? I just need to believe? I can do that… Or can I? Can I believe that God has a plan and purpose for my life even when I don’t see it? Yes. Can I believe that He goes before me and orders my steps? Yes. Can I believe that He will take care of my family? Yes. Can I believe that God watches over his children in the midst of the chaos of this world? YES, you can believe it.
You are blessed because you believe.