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Highly Favored and Blessed!
Mary Accepted Her Mission
"The angel appeared to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
"The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."
Mary was "Chosen" for this mission.
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." Then the angel left her."
I think of His mother Mary and my breath is stolen away with the very thought of what she endured. Due to my own spiritual and emotional struggles induced by these heavenly things, I am astounded when I think of her. How was she able to do this? How was she so accepting? She had amazing strength, able to gracefully and easily accept ‘God’s will’ for her.
I am already aware of what type of lies people would have spouted against her and her character, integrity, regarding her pregnancy. I can hear her voice saying, “I am innocent to these charges! This is Him! The Holy one is doing this! I have done nothing wrong to cause this!”
And the people would have continued with their finger pointing, accusations, scoffing, laughing, gossiping by their unbelief, causing great torment and suffering upon her heart. All she needed to do is believe God and fully accept His word as ‘truth.’ I have been given the answer to the question ‘How.’
I can imagine the great emotional pain, anger, struggle, sadness, disappointment of not only Mary but of Joseph as well. What would he have said, thought, felt as he realized that his ‘beautiful one’ had not been faithful in her love or fidelity towards him?
“When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly."
"Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home on account it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
I can feel her great frustration and pain as I hear her speaking the truth adamantly as Joseph rejects her words. What suffering and confusion would have occurred between this couple, should God not have stepped in to intervene?
But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
In just this deep thought about Mary and her great emotional and spiritual strength, God has showed me so much of His nature. He has showed me His great love, compassion, goodness towards her and upon her own human frailty.
God is always good. His love is acknowledged by me, when I remember that God spoke to Joseph and explained what had happened to his Mary. This powerful, very personal spiritual experience was written on Joseph’s heart by God.
As long as Joseph willingly accepted God’s words about Mary and God’s mission for them both, he would be set free from all earthly bondage resulting from this ‘situation.’ His acceptance of God’s words as ‘truth’ would block all carnal sufferings of infidelity and all accusations of those who knew nothing of ‘Emmanuel,’ the Wonderful Counselor who was to be born.
God is so good that He sanctified this couple, showing them heavenly secrets to help them along in their walk of humanness. Joseph easily accepted his mission because of God’s love in sending a heavenly message to prepare him. God always prepares His people. It is only up to us to believe His words and accept our mission.
Mary accepted her mission as well, and she did so with a complete and willing pure heart. I believe that she is the strongest woman to have ever walked upon this earth. Yes, she was blessed and highly favored among all women due to her pure heart. I understand this deeply.
"Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!"
I long for my two lives to be intertwined, woven by God and brought forth outwardly, as a flower blooms. I have tried with all of my humanly might and yet I have not accomplished. Yes, Again, God is sovereign and He is greater than my wants and desires. It is His hand that chooses the time to bring forth His miracles, it is not of my own power. I have accepted this, as I am learning to accept God’s word that He speaks.
"For no word from God will ever fail."