Mary, Did You Know?

by | Dec 18, 2022 | 1 comment

I was recently watching a movie with my daughter when the song “Mary, did you know?” came on. It hit me hard, the magnitude of Mary’s story and how relevant it is to us.

These are the lyrics (in part) 

(Side note: I love Carrie Underwood’s cover of this song)

Mary, did you know that your baby boy 
Would one day walk on water? 
Would save our sons and daughters? 

Did you know that your baby boy 
Has come to make you new? 
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know that your baby boy 
Will give sight to a blind man? 
Will calm the storm with his hand?
Has walked where angels trod? 
When you kiss your little baby- You’ve kissed the face of God

Mary, did you know? 

The blind will see, the deaf will hear 
The dead will live again 
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak 
The praises of the Lamb

Mary, did you know that your baby boy 
Is Lord of all creation? 
Would one day rule the nations? 

Did you know that your baby boy 
Is heaven’s perfect Lamb? 
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great, I Am.

So, did Mary know?

My guess is, in no way could she have understood the magnitude of her calling. Especially considering her backstory…

Mary was born in a poor family, from the insignificant town of Nazareth. Historians estimate that Mary was 14 years-old when she became pregnant.

Take a moment to ponder on this. Imagine yourself back at age 14, or look at a 14 year-old girl you know.It is truly incredible.

Not only that…she was unmarried at the time. She was betrothed to Joseph.

Then an angel of the Lord comes to tell this poor, young teenage girl that she has been chosen by God to bear His one and only son.

What must she have thought?!? Especially since becoming pregnant in her circumstance (engaged to be married) would bring dishonor and shame to her, her family and her soon-to-be husband.

In my own December 2011 calling story, I felt. 

  • Unprepared
  • Unqualified
  • Unworthy

That was just for some miniscule “divine ask” in comparison—to quit my job to pursue another calling. Not to mention the fact, that I was 32, an established professional, born from a privileged background.  

Surely, Mary had many of the same feelings I did. Not only that, Scripture also tells us that Mary was afraid at first.. it was the Angel of the Lord that told her to not be afraid.

Against this backdrop, what does Mary say in response to this big calling from God?

Luke 1:38 tells us:

“See, I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary, “May it happen to me as you have said.”

A couple of interesting things on this…

First, she acknowledges HER role in this situation…

She’s the Lord’s servant. 

How many times have we acknowledged our role when we’ve received a divine nudge? 

Have we seen ourselves as Mary did (as a servant) or did we act as if we’re an equal to the Most High God? 

Did we treat the “divine call” with the respect that Mary did…or just a “mere suggestion” of a friend?

When I revisit my response…if I’m honest, unknowingly, it was more akin to the latter.  

So, first, Mary acknowledged her position. Her reason and purpose for being here on Earth in this time—to be the Lord’s servant.

Nextin spite of any feelings of unworthiness or being unqualified, and in spite of any fear she may have, Mary said “Yes.”

No questions asked.

That was most certainly not my response! I allowed my own fears to consume me. I questioned God. I wanted to make sure that He remembered who I was…and that others were so much more “qualified” than me. I insisted on getting signs to confirm that I wasn’t making “this up”.

(God is so merciful and loving that He was ok with my subpar response…although I will endeavor to follow Mary’s playbook in the future.)

Here’s what Mary DID NOT do:

  • She did not allow fear and doubt to keep her inside her comfort zone…and to say NO or NOT NOW to God.
  • She didn’t seek other people’s opinions on what THEY think she should do in the situation.
  • She didn’t tell God… “But I don’t know HOW to be a mother or to raise your son!”
  • She didn’t ask for signs of confirmation (although there would be many…)
  • She didn’t ask God to reveal His whole plan for Jesus. 

She simply said “Yes” in faith and then left the rest to God.

If a poor, young, unmarried teenager from a previously inconsequential town can say “Yes” in faith and leave the rest to God, so can we.

We must.

Why?

Well just look what was on the other side of Mary’s obedience! Jesus was born and we got:

  • Redemption and freedom from death…
  • The ability to have a personal relationship with God…
  • The gift of the Holy Spirit within us (instead of just within a select few). 
  • The opportunity for eternal life with God

When we are called, it is because the Lord has plans for us and others. Plans to ultimately prosper us and not harm us, to give us hope and a future (See Jeremiah 29:11).

Our callings are NOT without challenges…just look at Mary’s life. She ultimately watched her beloved son nailed to a cross. Now, though, because of her obedience, she is reunited with him in Heaven, as will all of us who believe.

Moral of this story?

God calls the ordinary…the unqualified…and qualifies them HIMSELF.

So the next time you are called (or if you’ve been stuck in inaction on a calling) I hope that you will remember Mary, then just say “yes.” You cannot fathom all of the goodness that the Lord has in store following your obedience…not just for you, but for people you know and even those you don’t.

I’m going to be moving into 2023 striving to be more like Mary…will you? 

1 Comment

  1. Misha Brooks

    Yes

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