It’s hard for Mary to process God’s favor toward her.
“God favors you!”
“Don’t be troubled! You’re going to bear a child! The Messiah!”
“How can I bear a child?”
Read through the story and see how she responds to each of these first two proclamations (notice, it’s not the angels appearance that troubles her):
Luke 1:26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Finally, notice her third response. “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.”
Despite the fact that God’s news all works out to be good news, I always want to know more.
“God loves you.”
Strange combination of doubt and boredom.
“He has a good plan for you.”
“How can He have a good plan for me?”
Yet, at some point in this process or assurance and direction, God’s worked in my heart enough to learn that I am His servant and His will for me is good. I want to know the details. I want to know who will give me perfect advice, how we’re going to afford what’s next, and what the dress code it, but sometimes all God clarifies for me is His own power, goodness, and wisdom.
You know what? God’s power, goodness, and wisdom are enough for me to go. That’s enough for me to say, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to his word.”