Day 5: January 5, 2013

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

“I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.”

—Luke 1:38 (HCSB)

With Him, Nothing's Impossible
by Kaylan Christopher,

Let’s just set the record straight. If an angel of the Lord had approached me—like he did Mary—with even so much as a “hello” or “how’s it going?” I would’ve thought I’d lost all my marbles.

So I love that, in the beginning of this passage, Luke (the ever accurate doctor) describes Mary’s initial reaction to the angels greeting as “deeply troubled by this statement.” Ha. Nice one, Brother Luke. Way to play that one down.

Moving on, had said angel informed me I was now pregnant and would soon give birth to the Son of God, the One who was sent to save all of mankind, I would’ve royally freaked out.

What will my parents think? What will my betrothed think? What will my community think? What will my church family think? Why me? Why now? What in the world?!

Good thing it was Mary and not me.

She was favored. She sensed the reality and weight of this task nearly immediately. And she didn’t ask 99 questions, require a signed contract, and demand an explanation from the Most High—like I usually do when He asks me to do something.

And wasn’t that nice of the angel to assure her of the miracle-next-door happening with Cousin Elizabeth? “For nothing is impossible with God.” That was the cherry on top of it all. It was the equals sign to the crazy equation he’d just laid out.

But this is where this passage gets me every time. Without hesitation, Mary willingly went along with His plan, even though she risked being stoned to death or shunned for what looked like the scandal of the millennium.

She was a very special 15-year-old. She didn’t nag or complain. She wasn’t worried about whether or not her skinny jeans would fit into the seventh month of her pregnancy. There was no wavering of faith or calling the angel a “creeper.”

Mary simply replied, “OK, Lord. Done. I belong to You, so whatever you ask, I’ll do it.”

That’s the kind of trust and obedience I want in my relationship with Jesus. Don’t you?

Reflection Questions

  1. Are you like me—the Christ-follower who too often questions and doubts my God-given role in His bigger story? Or are you like Mary—the girl who jumped in headfirst and accepted God’s plan for her life?
  2. “For nothing is impossible with God.” What qualifiers have you placed on this statement in your own life? (Because we all know we have them.) What needs to happen for you to believe He can come through—even in the most impossible situations?
  3. Is there a weighty assignment God’s given you that you’ve sidestepped or dismissed? Are you ready to say, “I’m Your slave. May it be done to me according to Your Word”?

About the Author

Kaylan Christopher
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From childhood, Kaylan always knew she wanted to tell the stories of Jesus, so she went and made it official. She got her degree in Mass Communications from Ouachita Baptist University (2002) and her Master of Arts in Communications from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2005).

Over the years, she’s served at churches in Texas and expanded her writing through freelance opportunities with LifeWay, The Resonate Group, Baptist Press, and more. Currently, she serves on staff as the Editorial Manager at Brentwood Baptist, where she’s been since 2007.

When this native Texan isn’t tap-tap-tapping away in front of her computer screen, she enjoys being with family, hanging with friends, going to musical festivals, and traveling the world. You can follow her on Twitter @kaylan or read her blog at KaylanChristopher.com.