It’s Christmas time! What a beautiful time of year. My ABSOLUTE favorite. Waking up early, fresh coffee in my favorite Christmas mug, my journal, and my bible opened to the Christmas story. I’m inspired, challenged, and more in love each year with the birth of our beautiful Savior. One of my favorite stories in the bible is when the Angel came down to tell Mary she was going to be the mother of Jesus. Can you imagine what took place in her heart and mind that very day? I can’t imagine what she must have felt to hear an angel of the Lord say she will give birth to a KING! What was spoken to her was humanly impossible yet miraculously possible. I’m sure in that moment she was attacked and consumed by the fear of trying to comprehend what her mind could not. “Who am I to be chosen to give birth to a King? How will I even take on that responsibility? I don’t know anything about how to raise a King.” But all God was asking from her was a simple “yes” and she would give birth to the Savior of the world.
One thing we can learn from Mary’s life is that FAVOR with God is not always instant. Luke 1:30 says, “Don’t be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God.” A lot of times in life we think of having favor as being instant success or fame. If something happens that is good in our life we immediately equate that to “favor.” It’s Christmas time and the mall is extremely crowded. You make your way down each row hoping to find a parking spot. Out of no where comes a front row spot. “That is the favor of the Lord right there!” we think to ourselves. Sound familiar? When we look beyond these little moments into the depth of God’s amazing favor we can see a beautiful thing. God’s favor over your life may not be immediate. Your life may seem hopeless, broken, and like you are amounting to nothing but what you don’t realize is that you may be walking in some of the greatest favor of God, you just can’t “physically” see it yet! Its manifestation is still on its way. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is becoming impatient. We begin to make our own decisions and step out from under the favor of God because to us it seems as if our life has missed the favor of God. Let’s look at Mary’s life. God’s blessing over Mary would lead to the greatest pain. Her submission was part of God’s plan to bring about our salvation. Her simple “yes” would change the world forever but she didn’t know that when she spoke it. She FIRST had to submit and walk through great pain before she ever saw the outcome. Despite all the possible risks surrounding her life, she took a chance and said, “I am the Lords’ servant, may everything you have said about me come true” (Luke 1:38). She risked her life, her reputation, and the possibility of great disaster. Mary did not know the tremendous opportunity that stood beyond her submission to what the Lord said. She quieted her doubt and fear and willingly obeyed. And through that she became the mother of the SAVIOR of the world!
Don’t wait to say “yes” to the Lord because you can’t see beyond what He is calling you to do. All you have to do is willingly submit even when the outcome seems disastrous. God can do the impossible and He will with a heart that says “yes.” Your life may not look like you are walking under any favor but through obedience and acceptance of where God has you will lead you into the greatest favor of your life. Be encouraged if you are walking through some of the most challenging and painful times. Submit with patience and watch the favor of God unfold around you. I want to leave you with this: Our response to God’s call determines the favor we walk in. Begin this next year saying, “Lord I am your servant, have your way. My soul will praise your name.”
Merry Christmas !!