The Life of Mary and Our Journey
In this continuation of the analogies or shadows that are revealed in scripture regarding women and our life in Christ today I want to look into the life of Mary.
Her story is one of the most recognized in scripture. If we look at her story with the traditional lens we indeed find a woman of faith. Yet there is much more to her life, and ours. Mary knew exceeding joy, and heart breaking pain. Her story is in many ways our story. Her will, and response to the grace of God is ours as well.
Mary’s Story Begins
“Greetings, you who are highly favored! 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.”
As followers of Jesus we can readily agree with this phrase, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” As we awaken to our high calling we see the Lords hand in our lives, we are indeed highly favored.
Yet just like Mary at the start of her journey, we may be troubled with the details, the how and why, and again these words ring true your for and me, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.” In our walk and regardless of our current status we have nothing to fear, for we are the Lords, and His commitment to us is beyond question, we must see that we have nothing to fear, and walk with Him as He leads us along our journey.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your ‘WORD’ to me be fulfilled.” Mary due to no work of her own found herself pregnant. Her conception was from above, and the WORD was within her, and this WORD was to be fulfilled.
Our lives in Christ once again parallel Mary’s. Our response to our ‘pregnancy from above is the same, “May your ‘WORD’ to me be fulfilled.” Mary was about to embark on a journey ‘in’ and through the grace of God. We are indeed just like her today.
“Grace is meant to lead us ‘on to perfection’ (Heb 6:1) not to endless ‘forgiveness’, ie the repetition of endless cycles of failure w/o ever manifesting any ‘real’ transformation in behavior . I am not referring to our performance, but to His ‘watching over His Word (in us) to perform it’ (Jer 1:12) or as Mary said ‘may Your Word be fulfilled in me’ (Luke 1:38).”
~ John Castleman
Did Mary understand what her journey would entail? Did Mary know that her as the lyrics state “her baby boy has come to make you new?” Just like Mary we do not know the details of the journey, yet we do know the One who lives within us.We know that the outcome is beyond our most vivid imagination.
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him…”
We only are to rest in His grace, He will deliver us. He will see that this life of ours becomes all that He has in mind. We will walk humbly down this path with one another, we will share our joys, and our trials. We will one day just like Mary ‘kiss the face of Jesus’ as He welcomes us to our eternal future in His Kingdom, and all of it’s fullness. His voice today is just like the voice Mary heard, strong, yet quiet, and inviting.
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
your brother ‘in’ Love