It’s part of the Christmas story. The angel Gabriel appears to Mary. This teenage girl from Nazareth is “greatly troubled.” The angel says, “Do not be afraid.” He then tells her she’s going to bear God’s Son even though she’s a virgin. This pregnancy will happen by the power of the Holy Spirit. And what was her response to all this news? “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”
Imagine Mary’s experience:
• She saw and talked with an angel.
• She was told that she was going to have a baby even though she was a virgin.
• She was told that the power of God would overshadow her.
• She was told that her older barren cousin is already pregnant.
All these were extraordinary or impossible! It’s no wonder she was afraid and confused. But look at her response. She was willing to do anything God wanted her to do.
God had a plan and chose Mary to carry it out. It was an impossible plan as far as Mary was concerned. It was a fearful plan, too, since being pregnant and not married could result in stoning. But it was clearly God’s plan. The only thing she could do was trust God and be available. She didn’t let her fear stop her from being used for God’s purposes.
What has God chosen you to do? Even if you’re afraid, will you still be available?