Responding like Mary

While I’m traveling, I asked some friends to answer a question: What’s the story related to Jesus that is most compelling for you? Today’s post is from Jane Pierpont.

From Luke 1

Compelling revelation

A young virgin is confronted with a humiliating decision by an angel who told her she had found favor with God and that she would have a baby boy and name him Jesus. He would be great and be called the Son of the Most High.

This young lady told the Angel that she was a virgin and did not understand how this could be.

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the most High will overshadow you…. Just as your cousin Elizabeth will have a baby in her old age…. Nothing is impossible with God.”

Precious Submission

In humble submission she immediately replied, “I am the Lord’s servant…. May it be to me as you have said.”

Then she hurried to tell her dear friend and cousin, Elizabeth the news….whose own baby leaped in her womb before she even said a word… and she too was filled with the Holy Spirit and said “you are blessed because you have believed what the Lord has said will be accomplished.”

Mary said these precious submissive words to the Lord….

  • my soul does magnify the Lord
  • my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour
  • He cares for me
  • all generations will call me blessed
  • Holy is His name
  • He is merciful to all who fear Him
  • He has performed mighty deeds. scattered those with proud hearts
    brought down rulers and lifted up the humble, fed the hungry, sent the rich away empty
  • Helped his servant Israel
  • Merciful to Abraham

As she looked to the past power of God and future promises of God,  Mary, the mother of God displayed her love and submission to the will of God in spite of her “circumstances.”

Is her story inviting us to trust God’s sovereignty?

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Jane Pierpont has been a pastor’s wife for more than fifty years, most recently at the church where Nancy grew up. She blogs out of her experience.  

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

3 thoughts on “Responding like Mary

  1. I ,too, treasure this story.
    I cannot help but wonder . . .what has God possibly planned for me which I have missed from lack of submission? Psalm 139 says He planned each day of my life before I was born. How many of my days have I taken time to know His plan, chosen it and , in His power accomplished it?
    Thank you, Jane , for this well- written remInder.

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  2. I am sorry, Levi…. I do not know how this posted with your picture……Elaine this is my sweet grand son who has a blog too…. Maybe he is still signed in on my computer…. ooops!

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