Friday, December 18, 2015

blind faith.


In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

I am the Lord’s servant,” 

Mary answered. 

Let it be to me according to your word.” 

Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:26-38

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I’ve read this story countless times as I’m sure many of you have. But what was different for me this time was Mary’s reaction, which put a spotlight right on an area in my life that I’ve struggled with: having a willingness to walk in blind faith.  God and and I have had a few chats and for the most part I like to think I’m willing to do anything He has called me to do, but there are times that that willingness is overtaken by my own mind and all those controlling thoughts that get in the way. “Okay Lord, I’ll do it, but please make sure that this, this, and that all fall into place or it won’t work,” or “If you really want me to do that, please make it easy for me so that I don’t have to walk in faith and that I’ll know for sure that You are leading me.”

I don’t know, maybe you all have a different Bible version than I do, but mine clearly shows that Mary only had one question (which was a pretty valid question if you ask me) and when reminded who was in control, she simply said “let it be.” Good golly, if that had been me (clearly He knew better), I would have had a long list of questions alongside my many “Okay… but” statements.  Not Mary. She recognized that God was not only in control, but that He had a plan and that’s all she needed to know.

What an honorable characteristic to have; that true servant’s heart that is willing to endure hardship, ridicule, and possibly shame all to know that you have lived a life of unwavering faith and loyalty to a plan that is far bigger than you’ll ever understand. It is the epitome of blind faith: possibly never seeing the big picture or even the details, but having faith that that’s the direction you should go and holding your head up high the whole way. It’s relinquishing control, insecurities, pride, and fear and saying, “Let it be to me according to your word.”