In following this blog, you perhaps already have read my 2010 verse, Luke 1:37, “Be it unto me according to thy word.” I am revisiting this verse today.
Spending the afternoon writing an article for another publication, I delved into the Christmas story. Reading in Isaiah where he prophesied the birth of our Savior. Then flipping between Matthew and John to read about Mary and Joseph, and trying to listen in on the conversation each had with Gabriel, the angel sent by God. It still astounds me how Mary handled the situation. From the time Gabriel showed up, to the birth in the stable; I see humility, strength and deep abiding faith.
Mary listened intently to Gabriel, asked questions when needed and then said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be unto me according to your word.”
I haven’t totally mastered the “be it unto me.” There have been situations in my life when I haven’t so easily come to terms with what God has asked of me or what He has allowed into my life. During some very trying times, I struggled with the “fight or flight” instinct. Fight or flight instinct usually comes when one experiences fear. The natural human impulse is to fight or flee the situation. Nowhere do I read that Mary wanted to fight or flee from the fears she experienced. She totally obeyed her father. At times, we do catch a glimpse of Mary’s weaknesses. Yet, in the end she knew where her strength lied.
In Amy Grant’s song “Breathe of Heaven,” she is singing about Mary during the journey of Jesus’ birth. The lyrics in verse two are:
“I am waiting in silent prayer. I am frightened by the load I bear. In a world as cold as stone, must I walk this path alone. Be with me now. Be with me now.”
The Chorus goes on to say:
“Breathe of Heaven, hold me together be forever near me, breathe of heaven. Breathe of Heaven lighten my darkness; pour over me your holiness for you are holy. Breathe of Heaven.”
Dear one, I don’t know what you might be facing today. Fear from the past, fear of the unknown, fear from what God has allowed into your life or is asking you to do. Whatever the case may be, it is my prayer for you that the Breathe of Heaven will hold you together allowing you to proclaim, “ Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”