I’m at ease when I have a plan. Having a strategy to the day’s uncertainty equips me with certitude. As I step into a new day of unknowns, a game plan offers control. Yet I know that life won’t heed my command. So the way I regain order is by folding my arms in defiance and turning my back on the unpredictable.
Except for yesterday, when I reread the story of Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel—sent by God to tell sweet Mary that she would birth the long-awaited Messiah.
Mary’s discussion with Gabriel revealed how embracing the unexpected builds faith and courage. Her confidence in God’s plan outweighed her need to have it all figured out.
Gabriel’s first words to her were, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
God knew Mary’s heart—that her ultimate response would be, “Let it be to me according to your word.”
An ordinary woman, going about her typical day. And out of nowhere an angel appears and tells this virgin she will become pregnant with the Son of God—without human intervention—and she proclaims, Of course, Lord. I’m open to your plan. Let it happen as you see fit.
I pondered all the reasons that keep me bound and unwilling to respond to God like Mary did.
- Fear of the unknown…but Gabriel said, “Do not be afraid.”
- “You’ve overestimated me, God.”… “No, you are blessed and highly favored.”
- “How will this come to pass?” … “For with God, nothing will be impossible.”
The real risk we take is when we say no to God.
“Mother Teresa’s friend considered giving her life to God’s work, too, but decided to spend her years seeking fame and admiration instead. She found neither. Mother Teresa got both.”
Take a risk on God. It’s worth it.