Dec. 14, 2012
Mary said, “He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant. Look! From now on, everyone will consider me high favored because the mighty one has done great things for me. Holy is his name. He shows mercy to everyone, from one generation to the next, who honors him as God. – Luke 1:48-50
It’s been several days since Mary discovered she was carrying the Messiah. She’s had a bit of time to get her head around what is going on her in life. As she sings this praise song to God, we get a glimpse into her perspective.
Mary realizes that she’s just an ordinary girl carrying an extra-ordinary baby. She sees this as a pure blessing. She realizes this baby will change future generations.
When big news comes into my life, one thing I try to do is push the pause button. It’s easy to have a quick reaction. Too often, after I react this way, I find myself wishing I would have waited. Sometimes, my poor choice for reacting has a future impact; sometimes not the kind of impact I’d really desire. When I give myself some time to get my head around the situation, I generally think more carefully and thoughtfully. Time, rest and sometimes consultation with another person help me see through the situation. Of course, time in prayer seeking God’s wisdom always makes sense also.
My family has been moving towards some decisions relating to my Dad this week. When it came time to initiate the plan yesterday, I think we felt these were the right decisions because we had worked through them. While these decisions are impactful and not easy, they made sense. At the end of the day, I believe we were thankful. We know there will be additional decisions. Having a way to work through them and reach agreement has been beneficial. For this, like Mary, I thank God for the mercy we are extended daily.
Lord God – It’s so easy to make knee-jerk reactions. Yes, Mary traveled to see Elizabeth. But it also appears she was thoughtful and sought God’s guidance and wisdom. May we follow this model as we journey through life. Amen.