The Courage of Mary

mary-is-visited-by-the-angel-gabriel“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…For nothing will be impossible with God.’ 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.”         Luke 1:35,37,38 (ESV)

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Unless God intervenes in a miraculous way, the angel Gabriel has essentially given Mary a death sentence. He has told her that she would become pregnant through divine intervention. Since betrothal in Jewish culture was the same as marriage, she would be viewed as guilty of adultery, which is punishable by death.

After all, who is going to believe that she’s pregnant through divine intervention?

Yet Mary’s response is simple and straightforward. “Let it be to me according to your word.”

She literally gives her life into God’s hands.

Remember, she’s a young teenager, possibly only 12 to 13, and at this point she has no idea how God would intervene to help her. Mary’s faith and trust in God is an excellent example for us today. God desires for each of us to possess that same faith and trust in Him, though rarely will we be called to risk our lives for Him.

We often make it more complicated than it needs to be.

God simply wants us to place our lives in His hands at the beginning of each day.

Then we are able to watch as the day unfolds for Him to work in, around, and through us in our practice of medicine. When we place our lives completely under His control, we are much more likely to have an eternal impact on our patients and colleagues.

The Christmas season is filled with gatherings, shopping, and many other busy activities. But it should also be a season of reflection on what really transpired with the Coming of our Lord and Savior. God gave Mary a very special assignment which involved significant risk.

If a young teenage girl had the faith to risk her life for her Lord some 2000 years ago…shouldn’t I also strive for that same faith?

Prayer: Lord show me how I am holding back from giving my life completely to You and give me the courage of Mary.

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