I love the Christmas Manger scene. Sitting so pretty on most mantles at Christmas it’s a beautiful reminder of the miraculous day.
As a mom I can’t help but stare a little longer at Mary. I am imagining all that she might be thinking. Not only right there at the manger but at the very beginning when the Angel said she would have the baby.
What if Mary had said no?
Have you ever considered this?
Mary who is engaged to be married is being told by an angel that she is to carry the Lord’s son. There are about a million things she can be worried about.
Not only is she facing possible execution, her fiancé leaving her, and ridicule… In the unlikely event that everyone believes her I think it would be totally valid for her to think: What about me and my plans? I am about to get married!! I don’t want to have to alter the wedding dress! I like being a regular girl, everyone is going to ask me tons of questions! I really am too busy for all this right now! God can you find someone else?
Can you imagine this in today culture? What with all our “plans and schedules” I’m afraid we would just be too busy for such a task!
But instead of any of these excuses she says:
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be with me just as you say.”
I think Mary “got” something that we often just don’t comprehend.
It wasn’t about her.
She had the amazing privilege to be the mother of Jesus because she was willing to be “the Lord’s servant.”
This is HUGE
And her self sacrificing doesn’t end there. Imagine you have agreed to carry God’s baby and it comes time for you to deliver. I don’t know but I’m thinking maybe an angel comes and offers a big palace for me to deliver and it is a totally pain free child birth complete with people fanning me and feeding me grapes.
But as we know from the story she has to make a long journey on a donkey only to find there is NO ROOM for them at the inn and she has no choice but to deliver Jesus in a manger.
You would think Mary would be shouting,
“UMM HELLO HAVING GOD’S SON HERE??? Can someone ELSE sleep in the manger for crying out loud?!!”
Yet Mary knew this wasn’t about her…it was ALL about Jesus.
Every piece of her story, her pain, and even her frustration was all part of the beautiful story that we still remember today and will remember for generations to come. I wonder what parts of our lives, are weaving together to ultimately be part of a bigger story?
The best we can ever hope for in this life is a supporting role to the most amazing lead character that ever was or ever will be…Jesus. So many of us are fighting to further our own little kingdom. We are wrapped up in making our name famous, when if we could understand it’s not about us: It’s about Jesus.
While I certainly believe Mary was the one God choose but what if, for example, she had said no. She would have been free to do live her own little “important” life not to be inconvenienced with the fear of being stoned and shaming her fiancé and family. Yet her own little plans and agenda would have died with her generations ago and we would never even know her name.
Making His name famous, furthering His kingdom, and doing HIS work. His name is the only one that will last through the generations. Why is it so hard for us to realize this?
I can get so caught up in my “own little kingdom” Am I listening for God’s direction?
Mary was truly the Lord’s servant. She put her own plans, fears, and excuses to the side. None of that matters when the God of the universe has other plans.