2014 has been a crazy year for me! I’ve done a lot of things this year that I didn’t really want to do, but felt like I needed to do. But I regret nothing because those decisions have increased my faith, decreased my comfort zone and brought me to a whole new outlook on life. A few months ago I fell in love with this quote by Margaret Shepard, “Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” That pretty much sums up how I felt this year, I could continue to live the lonely, me-obsessed, lifestyle I was living or I could take leaps of faith and let God move in my life. I chose the latter, and God has continued to rock my world in even the smallest of ways. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this, and how eager I am to continue taking leaps of faith in the coming year! So with that being said, I was reading the Christmas story tonight and came across someone else who made a leap of faith:
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 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, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 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. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Mary had some serious faith! I don’t know about you but I’m not sure how I would have taken this kind of news. Mary was engaged to Joseph, I’m sure she was making wedding plans, and dreaming about a future with Joseph. I don’t think the miraculous conception of the Savior of mankind was on any of Mary’s Pinterest boards. But nevertheless God saw something in Mary that Mary didn’t see in herself. We don’t know a whole lot about her life, but she was young girl. She probably had insecurities, doubts, and frustrations like any girl that age. She wasn’t a holy saint, she was human. And of all the time periods, and all the girls that have come and gone, God chose her. He must have thought she was pretty special! So much so that she had “found favor with God“. Man, if that’s not a life goal then I don’t know what is, I want to find favor with God! Mary was given a supernatural duty, and like any human she had human questions. Like how in the world is this going to happen? It’s not scientifically possible, it’s not anatomically possible, how God? The angel gives her a pretty vague answer in my opinion, but Mary simply responds with: “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” She trusted God so much that even though she had no idea how this was going to go, and no idea how her fiancé was going to take this kind of news she still said yes. She put her own dreams aside and trusted that God had a plan for her. She believed that He was going to take care of her. She trusted God! I want that kind of faith, I want God to tell me to do something and just be able to do it. So what if it doesn’t make sense to me, how much greater are God’s thoughts than mine.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God’s got good plans for us, all we have to do is trust Him. It’s not always easy, I know for me, I like to have a plan. But if God interrupts those plans, are we going to take that leap of faith? Are we going to just say “yes” like Mary did? Those leaps can be terrifying but there is no better place to land than in the loving arms of our Savior.