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See the Introduction for this series in last week’s #SoulH2O post Celebrating the Women of The Christmas Story and the devotion on the first Christmas Woman, THE MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN – ELIZABETH discusing how she protected the promise of God. The series is talking about how each of the #ChristmasWomen were:
CARRIERS – OF THE PROMISE & PRESENCE OF GOD
Read on to learn about today’s Christmas Woman…
THE TEENAGER – MARY
“And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her..”
Luke 1:38 ESV
For most of my life I’ve been a skinny, scrawny type of person. My ankles and wrists are not much bigger than a small child’s, but that all changed when I was pregnant.
This picture was taken the night I went into labour with my son Brandon. I’m not sure if my hair or pregnancy belly is larger??? I will say there was a shadow behind me from that cheap camera I owned. Being truthful, I don’t think there was anything left small on me at that point. My feet were swelled, my lips felt blown up, my face was puffy…nothing was comfortable anymore. Sleep seemed unattainable. Trying to find a comfortable position with a yoga ball attached to my tummy was impossible. How I gained over 50 pounds for a baby who was just 9 pounds 9 ounces doesn’t make sense (if it weren’t for all those bacon-cheese hotdog cravings I fulfilled). I can attest to the fact that carrying a baby was inconvenient, uncomfortable, stretching, tiring and yet, the most wonderful time of my life!
MARY – The Pregnant Teenager
I imagine it was similar, but a whole lot more inconvenient for Mary. Teen pregnancies aren’t often easy. There’s a certain stigma teenage girls face when they announce they’re pregnant. I doubt Mary had it in her day planner to get pregnant, especially by someone other than her fiancé.
How do you explain it to your family and friends that ‘you’re not pregnant because you’ve done something you shouldn’t’, it was because you allowed the God who created the universe to use your womb?
Nothing about Mary’s pregnancy was convenient, comfortable or easy; yet this teenager accepted God’s plan for her life with the words,
“I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
No, but God don’t you know how hard that is…don’t you know what that will cost me…don’t you know what people will say…don’t you know what Joseph will say…he may leave???
Mary was carrying the promise and the very presence of God – Emmanuel, God with us inside her womb and it cost her. Carrying the promise and presence of God isn’t convenient, easy or comfortable, but it will be the most incredible adventure of your life; if you yield to God’s will, done God’s way.
It’s impossible to carry a baby without getting stretch marks but oh, it’s so worth the scars. Be like Mary; willing to be inconvenienced so you can carry within your heart the promise and the presence of God, so that through you the world will see Emmanuel, God is with us!
Father…I’m overwhelmed at the thought that YOU want ME to carry Your promises and Your presence to the world. I don’t feel worthy and I’m afraid of the cost. I’m sorry for trying to take the easy-way-out. I open my heart and my life to You. I’m willing like Mary to carry Your promises and Your presence, so the world may know YOU, no matter the cost. In Jesus Name…Amen
You can find the full story of Mary’s involvement in Jesus’ birth Within these portions of scripture:
Luke 1:26-38 An Angel Meets Mary, Jesus Birth Foretold
Luke 1:39-56 Mary Visits Elizabeth
Matthew 1:18-25 Angel visits Joseph
Matthew 1:27 Emmanuel: God With Us (Prophesied in Isaiah 7:14)
Luke 2:2-6 Mary gives birth to JESUS: The Promise & Presence of God
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