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“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 1:38 ESV
In Luke 1:28-38 we read about Mary’s encounter with Gabriel. Mary is going about her day when Gabriel appears and tells her she has found favor with God! She will conceive and give birth to a son and she will name him Jesus. Mary didn’t understand but was willing to be used by God as our key verse states, ” I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” I wonder if I would be so willing?
Ann Voskamp in her book “Unwrapping the Greatest Gift A Family Celebration of Christmas” writes ‘And Mary? Mary opened her hands (which is what a willing yes always does). Mary said yes to becoming a space for God. Right there in the space beneath Mary’s beating heart would come the beating love of God.” She goes on to say “When you make space in your words, in your wants, in your ways for Jesus, He comes and lives in the most miraculous way in your heart, too. It’s the strangest, most wondrous thing: when you open up your hands and say yes to whatever God wants to give you, you are really holding on to the hands of God. And no matter what your day looks like, no matter what happens, no matter how bad things get, your very BIG GOD can make anything, no matter how bad, into a gift.”
Ann continues, “Right Now, God wants to hold your unsure hand. He wants to hold you and all your needs and all your fears. He wants to whisper gently, ‘I am here, you have nothing to fear and everything to rejoice about. Nothing is impossible for Me! I promise I have good gifts for you-unbeatable love and unstoppable joy and unfailing strength and the most unwrappable gift: Jesus, who always rescues you with the strongest arms of love!”
Personal Application: Is there something you need to let go of to make more room for Jesus?
Home Application: Here is an activity from Ann’s book. Close your hands in fists and then open again. As you do, think about giving God whatever is bothering you. Find one way to open your hand and say yes to God.
How are you being used by God to show His love to the world?
Devotional written by Kathy Spade