I love Christmas music! During this season I drive down the highway singing at the top of my lungs. From “Oh Holy Night” to “We Need a Little Christmas”, I love to crank up these tunes! This year one of my top picks has been the Pentatonix version of “Mary, Did You Know?” Oh, shut the front door, this song is amazing! I lay in bed the other morning playing the song on my iPhone, whilst my sweet Victoria Joy was asleep in my arms.
(If you have not heard this version, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE)
“Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God”
As I looked at my baby, I can’t imagine what Mary experienced. Can you imagine kissing your baby and you are kissing the face of God? Can you imagine looking at your baby and knowing that they have walked with the angels? This is intense stuff!
The bible doesn’t say much about Mary. We know that she gave birth in a stable (so I am assuming there was no epidural or oversized tub to birth in), she was a virgin and was only engaged, not married, to Joseph.
When I was engaged to Josh, the furthest thought in my mind was that I would have an immaculate conception and birth the Son of God. I was thinking about our wedding, where we will live and where we would travel together. I started to plan our life and dream about “us”. Who would we know? What fun chapters lay in front of us? I was so excited!
So what makes Mary any different? She was engaged and about to start a whole new life. And then BAM! She meets an angel that derails her plans. This angel announces that Mary was going to give birth to the Son of God (again, rather intense!) BEFORE she was married. She would have to tell her fiancé about this crazy encounter. Would he believe her? Would he assume she had slept with another man? And what about her family? Would they think she was lying to cover up some sordid affair? Her future, her reputation and the dream of a new life with Joseph were all on the line.
And yet her response to the angel is breathtaking. “Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38, NKJV).
Her plans were wrecked and yet her response is, “OK. Let God’s plans prevail over my own.”
Whenever my plans are derailed, I do not take it as well as Mary. I kick and scream. I rant and rave. I ignore God then yell at Him that He’s cruel. I don’t surrender like Mary. I don’t let go of my plans, my expectations and my ideas to embrace what God wants to give to me. Granted, He’s not planning to make me the mother of His child, but every day we have a choice; do we hold on (and follow my aforementioned example) or do we, like Mary, surrender?
Mary was the first Elsa from Frozen… She let it go. She let her plans go and embraced what was scary. And that plan ended up giving hope and life to more people than Mary ever could comprehend. And somehow, I don't think she realized the full repercussions of her conversation with the angel.
And this Christmas, my prayer is that we can all embrace the scary, the vulnerable and what is uncomfortable. May we let go of our own expectations and our reputations so that we can embrace the life of faith and adventure! And who knows… The plans that God has for us may just bless more people than we realize.