Grow: Modern-Day Mary
A friend at church reminded me last week that I had a special connection with Mary this year, since I too am pregnant with a son around Christmastime. (If you didn’t know, now you do! I’m due mid January. Eep!)
I hadn’t really thought about it before he mentioned it, but, once he did, I started thinking about what Mary must have been feeling and thinking and how that differs or is the same from my thoughts and feelings.
And I don’t know about you, but when I think of Mary at Christmastime, the song “Mary did you know?” seems to be the first thing that pops into my mind. I can’t recall the name of the Bible study I was doing at the time, but I distinctly remember a video of Beth Moore saying that she didn’t like that song. At first, I was like, “What?” But then she went on to explain why.
She said she didn’t like the song because of course Mary knew that Jesus was the Son of God and therefore capable of all the miraculous things listed in the song. She was visited by an angel who told her these things, and she was the one who prompted Jesus to preform His first miracle (John 2:1-11). After that explanation, I get Beth Moore’s feelings. Mary did know. And she acted according to what she had the faith to believe to be true.
Now, maybe you are like me and haven’t been visited by an angel telling you about the child that you have now or the one who is still in your womb. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t act as Mary did. True, we don’t know for sure exactly what kind of character our kids will have as Mary did, but that doesn’t mean we can’t ask for our kids to turn out well and then act with the faith believing that God can do it.
As parents, as mothers, we are given the task of bringing out the best in our children. So we must believe, truly believe, that they can be someone with great character, and then we need to encourage them to meet that potential by our actions. We need to be the first ones to want our kids to have a “water to wine” experience. Now I’m not talking about encouraging our kids to do miraculous things (although maybe that is some of your kids’ gifting); I’m talking about having an experience where they are able to show the world (or a small portion of it) that they are able to be something great in this world, whether that is through physical, mental, or emotional ways.
So whatever God has in store for my children, I am going to be in prayer that He will do mighty things through them, and I will pray that God will expand my vision of “mighty” so that I don’t squelch the work He is doing in them. I will also pray that I will have the faith to follow through with this prayer in my actions, just as Mary did.
And I want Mary’s statement to be my own: “I am the Lord’s servant” (Luke 1:38).