What ingredients go into the making of a great woman of God?
We are celebrating Advent here on the blog by exploring the lives of a few women who had an integral role in God’s redemption plan, and this week we’re taking a few days to consider Mary. Although some view her as “sinless” or venerate her with the same status as Christ, she was simply an ordinary woman who chose to obey God. She was not sinless, she wasn’t endowed with any ability to grant answers to prayers or provide saving grace—but the important thing to note about her was that she was a woman who was willing to say yes to God’s assignments.
As we’ve been looking at these women, do you tend to think that they must’ve been super special, or “super spiritual” or something like that?
Are you feeling a little insignificant and wondering if your life can ever make an impact?
Do you ever feel your life is stuck in a routine that is plowing an ever deepening rut?
Daily responsibilities are repeated in drill-like fashion: start the coffee, prepare breakfast, run the washer and dryer, fold the clothes, prepare the next meal, clean the kitchen . . . daily acts of service can be piled on top of another with little variance. The daily routine can feel like a monotonous rut with little significance.
Whether you are a mom caring for young children at home or you’re frantically dog-paddling to keep your head above water in the corporate world–we all can relate to the “rut syndrome” when it comes to fulfilling daily responsibilities.
There is a tendency to mindlessly perform our daily duties as our hearts wax cold, while plowing the rut. The same can be true of our spiritual routine as well. Sadly, it can become a practice of “checking the box” and doing spiritual life in drudgery, rather than discovering the wonder of saying “Yes, Lord” to the small and ordinary.
I’ve learned that within the “small yeses” lies the secret to glorifying God with the greater.
When you think about it, Mary’s response to Gabriel’s message was nothing short of amazing. Barely beyond a child, betrothed, a young maiden, a virgin in waiting, and yet, when Gabriel told her she would conceive a son miraculously by the Holy Spirit . . .
She didn’t run.
She didn’t throw up excuses.
She didn’t attempt to dodge the assignment.
She simply said, “Yes.”
[box]“And Mary said, ‘Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word’” (Luke 1:38).[/box]
I think Mary’s ready response to this awesome—yet difficult—assignment was prepared in the quiet of daily “yeses.”
Do you ever wonder why she was chosen? Why this particular young Jewish woman? Out of all the women of all ages, what qualities did she possess, why did she stand out as worthy for this role?
I think there is more to it than just this basic observation, but I do feel it is noteworthy that she was prepared for this task through her many, humble, daily “yeses.”
What would your life look like, if each moment was filled with a sacred “Yes”? If the daily routine was no longer drudgery, but sanctified and holy because you were willing to surrender yourself self in each common activity—and use that as an opportunity to be a yielded worshiper?
What “sacred Yes” is God inviting you to obey today?
Adapted from my post 12.02.11 at www.truewoman.com.
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