I love Christmas music and one of my favorite songs is “Mary Did You Know” by Mark Lowry. I finished setting up our Christmas decorations a few days ago and decided to sit by the tree with all the lights on, listen to some Christmas music and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. For some reason the words to this song pierced my heart that evening. I have heard this song hundreds of times but the other night it was as if I had never heard the words before.
I was thinking about Mary and wondering how I would have responded to being chosen as the woman to be mother to the son of God. Mary’s initial response to God’s request always blows me away. The moment the angel Gabriel arrived and told her she would become pregnant and would become mother to the Savior she responded with a very humble yes. I hate to admit it but I probably would have had at least a hundred questions for Gabriel.
When Mary looked at her son could she have imagined that her son would walk on water, heal the sick and the blind and ultimately be the Savior of the world? Those thoughts made me think of my own children who are now getting older and I had no way of knowing all that they would do and become when I was kissing them as little babies. I have had to be faithful to love them as their mom and trust God with their lives. Mary did that too, but with the Savior of the world.
We as moms can relate to her in the pains and pleasures that we know as motherhood. Just think, Mary saw Jesus arrive as her baby son and watched him die as her Savior. The beauty and the heartache – Incredible!
This beautiful song inspired me to think of things I could learn from Mary and her willingness to do what God asked her to do. These are three lessons I learned from her life…
- God’s best servants are often ordinary people.
- God’s plans involve extraordinary events in the lives of those ordinary people.
- A person’s character is revealed by his or her response to the unexpected.
The biggest question I came away with after listening to “Mary Did You Know” is this:
Am I willing to be available to be used by God? And I ask, are you?
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered.
“May it be to me as you have said.”
By Sherri Crandall
Wife to Rusty
Mom of 4
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Associate Director of Women’s Ministry at Mission Hills Church
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