In Mary’s culture and community, having a child before you were married was a huge no-no. The consequences of the angel’s life-changing pronouncement surely would have been weighty for her. But, amazingly, Mary not only chose to believe the angel but also continued to trust that God and God’s plans were good. Years later, we can see that Mary’s trust in God was not misplaced. Generations do indeed call her blessed, as her faith allowed her to predict. In the face of unbelievably challenging circumstances, how can we choose faith and trust?
Thankfully, like Mary, our faith and trust are never misplaced. Because God is good and can be trusted, we can courageously respond with a yes instead of no. Where fear and doubt would be natural responses, we can respond with rejoicing and thankfulness. This is the work of God in our lives.
Lord, there are some situations in my life that require a great deal of trust in you. I want to respond like Mary did. Help me to take a leap of faith, trusting in your goodness and your love for me. Amen. — JL