And Mary said, Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say. Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38
Have you ever made a decision you believed was right and then suffered persecution from those you loved? Let’s go a step further. Have you ever prayed to God for guidance and He directed you but your loved ones didn’t believe you? This type of situation seems to be pretty common throughout human history. Mary, the mother of Jesus, embodies an amazing attitude in this scripture. Can you imagine being engaged to the love of your life and then finding out that you have been chosen by an unseen God to carry His Child? How in the world do you explain that to the man you are to marry, let alone, to your family?
This awesome, wonderful, and mysterious blessing could have cost Mary her very life. In finding out about her pregnancy, Joseph would have had every right to bring her before the people as a public disgrace and have her stoned to death. She was fully aware of all the implications. Yet, in the uncertainty of her future, she had enough faith in Yahweh (God) to answer his messenger Gabriel, “Let it be with me just as you say.” She was surrendering her will to the plan God had for her life.
Things in this world haven’t changed all that much when it comes to God’s plan versus man’s plan. And maybe you are struggling this very day with some issues in your life that have no easy answers. This is a good time to embrace the resolve of Mary and say to God, let it be with my life as you say. What you and I need is not a guarantee of understanding, but an unwavering peace that says our lives are going according to His plan. So what if it doesn’t make sense! If we have His Word on it, and there is peace in our heart after we’ve prayed about it, let it be!
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
We live in a world that denies miracles and begs for evidence and facts. Commitment is no longer a covenant if it’s not convenient. But God’s light of truth continues through the ages to shine in the darkness, changing hearts from the inside out, whether the darkness likes it or not. For this Christmas season and the end of an often tumultuous 2014, we had to share this true story of a couple we know and love dearly. Please feel free to share as you might need to. And may it make your resolve in an Almighty God solidify into an unwavering confidence that cannot be shaken.
Lorenzo and Jennifer 🙂
This is a very special anniversary for us and Cindy let me share this because we know someone out there may need it……
In high school I met this cute little cheerleader they called Pigeon. I took her away from a good, safe home and stole 18 years of her life. I didn’t set out to do this, but that’s what happened. We don’t live in a world that tolerates her kind of commitment. We don’t understand it and it makes us angry. When I look back my heart is so broken for her, but she knew about things that I didn’t understand yet. She talked to the sky and I didn’t understand that either, but I was glad she did because she found peace there. I would try to do better, but failed every time.
18 years later we were broke and homeless. I was shattered and I deserved it, she was gone and the only thing I knew to do was talk to the sky. I did and she was right, even without a promise that anything would get fixed, I had peace.
She didn’t know where her prayers would take her, but she always knew they were heard. Maybe for the first time ever, I wanted more for her than myself. I hoped her prayers would take her somewhere safe. They brought her back to me and I have had the most unbelievable, undeserved 18 years humanly imaginable. Thank you so much God. Thank you so much Cindy for 36 years. 18~18~36
Exodus14:14 God will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” ….Then he parted the sea.
Let your fountain [of human life] be blessed [with the rewards of fidelity], and rejoice in the wife of your youth. Proverb 5:18
FIDEL’ITY – Careful and exact observance of duty, or performance of obligations.
Marriage is a covenant between the two parts that make mankind (Genesis 1:27-28). It’s deemed holy and sacred in the sight of God. My, how wonderful it would be if all of humanity felt the same!
Sin has a way of distorting beauty and blessing into a sense of bondage. So many couples begin their union with grand aspirations only to find themselves bewildered not many months after.
I believe a comprehensive insight of fidelity, or lack thereof, is noteworthy. Most of our love affairs start with an emotional explosion. And so our dream machine goes into overdrive and the realms of reason can be overlooked.
Therefore, there is no careful examination of the facts, figures, or family that may be affected by way of this “love exchange.” Though this can happen, a solid commitment to the covenant can help any couple through the pitfalls waiting in their future.
Today’s Proverb suggests rejoicing when it comes to your marriage vows. It could be easy to be surprised when trials come. Then finding joy can be the last thing on our minds. But this truth remains: great marriages come from great tests. Knowing that makes the rejoicing comes much easier!