As we get into the core of the conversation between Gabriel and Mary, we see the foretelling of Jesus’ birth, and the magnitude of who he was to be. Imagine being in her shoes as you read these verses. Hearing that you are going to have a son, his name is already been picked out for you, he is going to be great, he is going to have the throne of David, and will reign over the house of Jacob forever. I’m not entirely sure they have written a parenting book to prepare you for raising that caliber of a child. Even still, Mary was chosen and she chose to obey.
As I read scripture, I always try to find how it applies to my personal life, and my relationship with God. Not trying to stretch this or make something that isn’t here, but this speaks to me a lot about how much God shares with me about my future. What if God sent an angel to my house, greeted me, and then began to unfold all the plans God was planning for my future. Then in great detail, began to tell me how big it was going to be, how impactful I was going to be, and that my ministry would see millions saved in Jesus name. To be honest, it would probably wreck me. Not only would my ego become so big I couldn’t fit through a door, but all I would focus on would be making all that happen in my own time and power, and completely abandon God in the process.
I have such a respect for Mary and how well she handled this message and prophesy. The Bible says that she pondered all these things in her heart. She didn’t run out and tell people how favored she was by God, or how much better her son was going to be then her friends. She kept it to herself and remained prepared for God’s call.
Church, I encourage you and challenge you, when God speaks to you about a dream or a vision, or makes something known to you that you have been praying for, be careful what you do after. There is wisdom in patience and wisdom in pondering things before speaking them. Let God plant something in you, then let him water it and grow it before you start to speak of it. Remember Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”