“‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.’
‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’
The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.’
‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:29-38
Sometimes I worry. Would I have noticed? Would I have been one to believe? Would my definition of “king” have matched up with the Savior God sent? Would I have denied His coming? Sometimes I worry I would have missed the star, the signs, the simple signals. Sometimes I worry it all would have been hard for me to see. Would I have had the open heart reaction of Mary?
And then I start to worry if I would have missed it then, am I missing it now? Here we sit a week and halfish from Christmas and I wonder if there is enough Christ in my Christmas? Amidst the hustle of getting it ALL done, am I truly experiencing the anticipation and joy of this season?
Am I paying enough attention to God’s way? Not my way but God’s way. His way isn’t consumed with my to-do list that makes me breathe heavy, or that my guest bedroom that needs straightening for my parents, or that I am not 100% certain how I am going to set my dining room table for Christmas breakfast. His way is surprise-filled. A VIRGIN HAD A BABY!!!! Can I see the unexpected, shocking, surprising ways God works?
Will you join with me in making an extra effort to pay attention to your surroundings today? What surprises does it hold?