Advent Devotional – Friday, December 16, 2016 – INTERRUPTIONS!!
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name wasMary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that arthighly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. – Luke 1:26-38
This time of the year the word “plans” takes on a whole new meaning! Most of us have a book full of plans! I plan to decorate my house from top to bottom with glitter and glow and all that says Christmas! I plan to search through cook books to pull out favorite Christmas recipes that scream tradition! I have dates jotted down for traditional Christmas parties that make Christmas…Christmas! I have not allowed or planned for interruptions! Have you?
How do I handle interruptions? Even small interruptions can send me, asking “Why me Lord – I didn’t plan on this? This is too hard, I did not see this coming, Lord! Lord, did you not look at my daily planner before you sent this interruption into my life? When I think of how I handle interruptions, I am afraid” ―gracefully doesn‘t always come to mind!
As I read the account of Mary, I can imagine that she had not planned on any interruptions either. In fact, this very young bride to be, maybe as young as twelve, had her life planned out for her. Her father would have planned who she would marry and when – she would marry Joseph the carpenter, who she was already legally bound to. She would have known where she would live and would have known her primary role in life would be to have children – heirs for her husband. Everything was planned for Mary except the visit from an angel announcing that she, a virgin, had been chosen to be the mother of God’s only Son, Jesus! The Messiah!
Oh, to have the courage of Mary as she stood looking into the face of God’s will, understanding the magnitude of what He was asking and saying “I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled!” No wonder the angel Gabriel called her highly favored by God!
Lord, help me, even in the chaos of this season, to stop and remember Mary who sought only to do God’s will.