Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 13th, 2017
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”
Luke 1:34 (NRSV)
How Can This Be?
We are not surprised that Mary asked the question, “How?” She knew she could never be part of the Lord’s plan unless He worked a miracle. Her question did not offend the Lord’s messenger. When we begin to realize that the Lord wants to use us, we may find ourselves also asking, “How?” Let us bring our doubts and questions to the Lord. When we ask in faith, He will also graciously answer and bring us assurance and peace in His plans.
Hockey is our national sport. Some say it is our national psyche. And we play it well. Even though we don’t have the population of the US or Europe, we do manage to send both a wealth of players for their teams. Just before the World Cup finals in 2016, Europe’s Thomas Vanek said of Team Canada, “We know this is the best team in the world. To beat them is going to be tough. To beat them twice … It’s impossible.”
There are some things that demand a miracle. Without one they simply could not happen. There is no greater example of this than the conception of Jesus the Messiah. When the angel appeared to the godly young woman Mary, to tell her that she had been chosen by the Lord God of the universe to be the mother of the Promised One, Mary made an obvious observation – this was impossible. In Luke 1:34 we read her response to the angel: “Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” Mary knew that the conception of Jesus would have to be unusual – unique. Never before had a virgin conceived. Never. Notice that Mary didn’t doubt that God could do what He said He would do. She didn’t laugh at the idea, like Abraham had done when God told him that elderly Sarah would bear a son. Mary didn’t doubt God. She simply wondered how this was going to happen. I love her simple faith. We all need to trust the Lord in the same way. When God promises a miracle, our response ought always to be to believe and simply wonder.
These have been words from the heart.