Sunday, March 21, 2010

So Be It

“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"

The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon 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. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God."

"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her." – Luke 1: 31-38

Yesterday we read the story of Zechariah and how he was informed about his new bundle of joy on the way. Unfortunately he doubted.

No bueno.

Now six months later the same angel Gabriel comes to Mary with some interesting news that is even harder to believe. She is supposed to have a baby that will be the “Son of the Most High”.

But umm… there’s a catch. Mary is a virgin…


But Mary responds to this seemingly impossible bit of information in a very different way then Zechariah did. She does not doubt. But she does ask for more information. She asks how this will happen.

Every big dreamer has had a moment like this. When they first receive a message, instruction, or some kind of vision for what they are supposed to do in the future it seems daunting at first. It may even seem impossible. And that’s ok. It’s ok to look at the path ahead and wonder how in the world you can possibly navigate it. It’s also ok to ask how this will be done.

The answers will be revealed to us just like they were to Mary. The key is that we have to say yes. This is what “amen” means… so be it.

And when we say yes to the miraculous, the miracles do come. But when we doubt we change our “so be it” to “maybe?” or “huh?”, or worst of all, “naw…that ain’t gonna happen”.

It is amazing how much we are the authors of our own lives. Yes it is true that God orders our steps, but what can God do if we refuse to walk?

So get up, stand on your feet, and put one foot in front of the other.

Say yes and watch the miracles happen.

Today’s Reading: Joshua 7-9; Luke 1:21-38

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