She Said Yes
In a sense, every mother does this in that each child born is a gift to the world and has enormous potential. But, Mary! She had agreed, in an encounter with an angel, to carry the Son of God – a Savior for the sake of the world.
“Mary responded, ‘I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.'” Luke 1:38
She said YES.
I love this about Mary. She could have said “no” to what would alter the course of her life, put her at great risk, and eventually break her heart. But, when confronted with a sense of destiny, with a calling… really, when she heard God speak, she said “yes” to it. “May everything you have said about me come true.”
To me, this is one of the most powerful and profound statements in scripture. It’s beautiful that God came to a woman and invited her to partner in saving humanity. It’s awesome that she said “yes” even though surely not all of her questions and concerns were settled in that moment. She was brave and she trusted.
And then she carried for nine months. For the whole world she carried. Then she gave birth.
What are we carrying? What can I say “yes” to carrying for others? We “pick it up” to carry or “conceive” it when we say “yes.”
I didn’t ride that donkey to Bethlehem and yet I benefit that Mary did. I can take that place for others when others don’t.
God is still asking for carriers. Carriers of:
mercy and grace (even when not deserved by those we carry it to)
Do you feel the burden of this? I do. Mary showed us how.
Go through the discomfort and inconvenience of having our lives altered and our capacities enlarged.
Be faithful all the way through to deliver what we’re carrying.
Mary’s own salvation was wrapped up in her “yes” as she carried the gift of salvation for the whole world. As we do as she did we too find everything we’ve ever been looking for.