By Tammy Trail
The Christmas season has always been a favorite of mine. What’s not to like? Bright lights, lovely music, and everything you could possibly imagine is covered in “chocolate.” I am not a big fan of snow, shopping in crowded stores, or the negative aspects of commercialism.
I would much rather focus on the Christmas story. A popular song during the season is “Mary Did You Know.” The first time I heard this song I’m sure I was driving in my car, tears running down my face with a lump in my throat the size of Texas.
In truth, the song made me stop to think. Did Gabriel tell Mary everything? Did God prepare Mary for what would eventually take place the day Jesus died? All we know of Mary is that she was of age to marry. She came from line of David. She was a cousin to Elizabeth. She was married to Joseph, a carpenter. Oh, and she was highly favored by God.
I have read that Mary may have been as young as fourteen. Do you remember what you were like at fourteen? I can tell you that I was certainly not sophisticated enough to realize what it took to be chosen for a task as huge as the one God wanted Mary to carry out.
The Scriptures tell us that God ASKED Mary to undertake his plan. I don’t remember God asking Moses, Jonah, or Paul. I do recall they were TOLD by God or his Messengers to carry out a task in His name. Mary didn’t consult her mother, or Joseph. She didn’t worry about what the neighbors would say, and she sure didn’t consider how she would personally gain from it. Mary willingly accepted without hesitation.
The Scriptures don’t tell us if Gabriel told Mary that Jesus would be hunted down with a bounty on his head as an infant. He didn’t tell her that she and Joseph would go into hiding to live for years as illegal immigrants. Gabriel didn’t tell her Jesus would become a hated man as an adult, arrested, and crucified for his acts of love towards humanity. Gabriel didn’t tell her how heartbreaking it would be to see her son hanging on a cross.
We know Mary was made of tough stuff. How could she have rode a donkey to Bethlehem, carrying a full term pregnancy otherwise! I mean think about it ladies, I remember what it was like to get up to go to the powder room almost fully dilated. I’m going to go out on a limb and just say that God knew, as only He can, that Mary was the woman for the job. Even at fourteen.
Here is her hymn of Praise. Luke 1:46-55 NIV
And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me –holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.
I don’t know about you, but I am going to strive to say YES to a lot more that God lays on my heart instead of worrying about how it’s going to affect me. How about you?
What would you do for God if you had the chance?