Truth Tuesday – How Will You Respond to God’s Interruption During This Christmas Season?

by Kathy

 

Luke 1:26-38 English Standard Version (ESV)

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[a] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”[b] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”[c]

35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant[e] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

When we meet Mary for the first time in Scripture, she is a young girl, probably between the ages of 12 and 16, and engaged to be married to Joseph.  No doubt, this was just an ordinary day when suddenly the angel, Gabriel, appeared and announced to Mary news that certainly must have startled and confused her, to say the least.  Gabriel tells her that she will conceive a son, that his name would be Jesus, and that he would be called the Son of the Most High.

After Gabriel announces the news that will change not only her world, but the entire world, Mary asks Gabriel a question – How will this be since I am a virgin?   Mary’s question wasn’t doubt, she simply needed to know the how, “seeing I know not a man”.  Mary was a virgin.

Gabriel answers Mary’s question with an explanation that the Holy Spirit would come upon her.  As she is hearing this I imagine all the things that would be going on in my head had I heard this news.  And they would all be leading to “how in the world?!!” type scenarios.  Gabriel ends his explanation with “Nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:36).  To make this an even more tangible understanding for her, Gabriel goes on to tell her that her childless cousin Elizabeth, who was too old to have a baby, was already in her sixth month!

When God sends Gabriel to interrupt Mary’s day, her response reveals such a beautiful picture of her humble, serving heart – a heart that simply would trust God no matter how impossible,  how difficult, how embarrassing, how misunderstood this new journey would be in her life.  She responds, “May it be to me as you have said”.  Mary trusted God and therefore was willing!

As you go through this Christmas season, look for ways that God wants to surprise you and interrupt your day for His purposes and plans.  Spend time in prayer today, purposing to surrender your heart to the tasks/assignments God lays on your heart in the days to come.

Perhaps you will think in your heart – this is impossible to do – as He interrupts your day with:

  • Encouraging your heart to stick closely with your gift-giving budget
  • Encouraging your heart to give abundantly towards a need you hear about
  • Needing to forgive someone
  • Needing to extend grace to someone unlovely to you
  • Asking you to witness to your neighbor, friend or co-worker
  • A call asking you to serve in some way that will glorify Him
  • Asking you to pray for someone who is attacking your reputation
  • Encouragement to give your worries and concerns to Him
  • A call to come and sit a bit in His presence and make room for Him in your heart
  • Encouragement to offer a kind word instead of being harsh and angry
  • Asking you to do something that feels way out of your comfort zone
  • Asking you to be Christ-like to all those around you, especially when you are tired and overwhelmed

I have no doubt that God will interrupt you over and over in the coming days.  Will your heart be full of trust like Mary’s was and eagerly say, “yes, Lord“, bowing in obedience to nothing other than your Lord Savior and King?

Have a grace full week ~

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