“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”  Luke 1:38

 

Reading the Christmas Story in Luke, I am amazed at the child-like faith of a young girl from Nazareth named Mary. When the angel Gabriel comes to her, Scripture does not say he reveals himself as an angel.

Mary is troubled

at this stranger’s greeting.

Acknowledging Mary’s fear, the angel explains to her that the Lord is with her and that she is going to give birth to the Messiah – the Savior of the world.

Mary is perplexed

yet

trusts

she has indeed, “found favor with God,” and humbly responds,

May it be to me as you have said.”  

What a response!

What faith!!

Doesn’t Mary realize what the angel has just told her? Does Mary truly understand that she is going to give birth to a child,

and not just any child, but the Savior of the world?

What this stranger is telling her is impossible.

It can’t happen.

It is out of the realm of science and reality.

But, Mary looks at this stranger

and

believes what God is speaking in her life.

Even though it seems impossible,

even though it will cost her everything,

she makes a choice that day and emphatically declares, if this is what God wants to do in her life then she is surrendered to Him as a servant.

 
As I reflect upon this simple Christmas story,

I pray for child-like faith.  

I pray for the grace of Mary.

When God comes and speaks in my life,

even when He speaks the impossible, I will respond in obedience.

I pray I will not be bound by time, science, or reason, but that I will look up to my heavenly Father and confidently declare:

“May it be to me as you have said.”

That’s child-like faith.

Jesus, I want a child-like faith that views life through the impossible. Your Word says, “without faith it’s impossible to please God.” My heart’s desire is to please You Father, above all else. Help me to actively look for miracles instead of focusing on the impossible, I pray.