She was just a teenager, barely ready to face life outside her father’s home, yet believing she could with Joseph by her side.
An angel appears to her – scaring her to death. He tells her she is to carry the Son of God, the Messiah, the promise her entire nation has been waiting for since Abraham. How inadequate she must have felt to be a mommy – especially this one!
She faces Joseph to tell him why it will always seem their marriage started in sin. Outsiders judging them for acts and omissions which never actually were their doing.
Over and over, her life took extraordinary turns. Giving birth in a barn. Fleeing to Egypt in the dead of night. Losing a son in the temple for three days. Raising a child who never sinned. Hearing incredibly mixed reviews from across the nation regarding the true identity of her beloved. Watching him die horribly, as a criminal on a cross.
Mary didn’t ask for any of this. But she did say, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38 NASB)
Her inadequacy often felt overwhelming as doubts crept into her mind. Her strength waned, physically and emotionally, as trials piled upon her. Busyness of life with a brood of children caught her in its grasp, limiting the time she could spend in restoring her soul.
Yet the Father of her son gave her everything she needed each moment of a day to take on the challenges in front of her. He even gave her the faith and trust to endure the situations she found herself in without any apparent reason.
Mary, mother of Jesus … an amazing caregiver? Or a woman of God, living her life in His gift of abundant grace for the moments of each day?
Just like you …