From the moment we were in our mother’s womb, God had the blueprint for our lives mapped out. He carefully constructed plans on where you were going. With those blueprints comes opposition.
This weekend, we got another peek into Mary and Joseph’s lives. They too, had a blueprint that was mapped out from them. They thought that they would just get engaged, get married, and live a happy life together. God had another great plan for their lives. Because Mary was all in with God and was obedient, she became the vessel, the one God used to carry our Savior into the world.
When we become obedient and surrender, the blueprint God has for our lives is activated. It doesn’t always come easy. When we give up our plan for God’s plan, we can expect a lot of opposition; enough to throw you off the path and make you want to give up.
God says not to fear, he says to trust in Him. When we focus on the promises of God, that trust is easier to take in and put into our lives. We become more God focused, and less fear focused.
Mary responded to God’s plan with obedience, and even a song, praising him for what He was doing through her. We find her song in Luke 1:46-56:
46 And Mary sang this song:
“My soul is ecstatic, overflowing with praises to God!
47 My spirit bursts with joy over my life-giving God!
48 For he set his tender gaze upon me, his lowly servant girl.
And from here on, everyone will know
that I have been favored and blessed.
49 The Mighty One has worked a mighty miracle for me;
holy is his name!
50 Mercy kisses all his godly lovers,
from one generation to the next.
51 Mighty power flows from him
to scatter all those who walk in pride.
52 Powerful princes he tears from their thrones
and he lifts up the lowly to take their place.
53 Those who hunger for him will always be filled,
but the smug and self-satisfied he will send away empty.
54 Because he can never forget to show mercy,
he has helped his chosen servant, Israel,
55 Keeping his promises to Abraham
and to his descendants forever.”
56 Before going home, Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months.
God meets in the day-to-day. What does it look like for each of us to follow Mary and Joseph’s examples of obedience and gratitude? Take this week and watch him work in your daily life. You’ll be surprised by what God can accomplish!
Pastor Mark and the Daily Encourage Team