Mary: A Woman of Obedience
Did you know the name Mary means bitterness? In some ways it fits, Mary’s life was bittersweet. She experienced the joy of raising the son of God; cuddling with him, watching him grow, and seeing him begin his ministry. But she also felt the sorrow of raising a perfect boy in an imperfect world; she watched him die a horrible, violent death on a cross. Did Mary fully understand what her life would be like when Gabriel delivered his special news to her? Beyond raising Jesus, she was told she would become pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Can you imagine how scary that would be? She was a lonely teenage girl, already engaged, and about to become pregnant. She could have been stoned on grounds of adultery. I’m sure her conversation with Joseph wasn’t a pleasant one. She must have been terrified when the angel told her she would be the mother of Jesus, the long awaited Messiah. Yet she didn’t hesitate to accept God’s plan for her life. Her exact words were, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) She offered to be his maidservant and do whatever he told her to do. Mary didn’t argue or tell God to find someone else, she simply accepted his will. The next few months would have been terrifying, but she kept praising the Lord for his love. Luke 1:46 says,
“And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
54 He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”
She considered herself blessed, even when most girls would have been falling apart. She raised Jesus under stressful circumstances, and then watched him die on a cross, but she never lost faith. She trusted God with her life and her family. She obeyed him, even though it could have cost her everything. She was truly a women of obedience.