- Published: Friday, 02 November 2018 04:00
- Written by Bethany Looyenga
Let it be to me according to your Word.
These are the words Mary said when the angel told her the the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would conceive a child. Mary was very young herself, maybe as young as 14 years old, yet her wisdom was far beyond her age. Imagine the impossibility of ths situation! She was well aware of all that she was about to face, the scrutiny, the mockery, the rejection...yet she was still able to say "let it be". Could you do it?
I've been asking myself this question. God has brought me to many places of surrender. He has heard me say several times "Let it be." Yet, never have i been placed in the position that Mary was placed in. Not that extreme. My faith has been tested in many ways, yes, and I bet yours has too. But, what if God came right now and told me I was with child? That would be crazy....because it's impossible. Just like it was impossible with Mary. But, if I said to Him, "Let it be according to your word" and, then moved forward with telling my family and my friends that a child was on the way. Um, they would more than likely think I was crazy. They may challenge my way of thinking and encourage me to go talk to someone and process my thoughts. Some people would laugh at me, feel sorry for me, mock me, safeguard their children from me. It would not be a fun time for anyone!
This is how I imagined it for Mary. She lived with the impossible growing inside of her, and in her heart she knew that all she could do was let it be according to the Word she had heard. She probably had moments of doubt, but still stepped forward in faith. She was sometimes afraid, but courage lifted her through it.
When the impossible starts to grow bigger than the possible I'm going to repeat this verse. "Let it be according to your Word." There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING, in His Word, that is impossible. Instead, His Word says I'm Possible, and it's because of that first moment that Mary said "Let it be to me according to your Word."
A willing vessel.