Have you ever faced a problem, crisis, job, project or something else when you knew for a fact you were in way over your head? How would you like, as a young teen girl (around 13) to be told you were going to be pregnant with the Son of God? I think Mary may have felt overwhelmed.
Mary was still living in her father’s home but they had entered into a contract with Joseph for them to be married, the custom of that time. One day as she went about her business, most likely doing chores of some sort learning to keep her own home, the angel Gabriel appeared. Mary was startled and scared. Then he spoke, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28 NIV) Now she’s not just scared, she’s totally confused.
The angel continued to tell Mary God’s plan for her. She questioned his as she tried desperately to wrap her head around what he was saying. In the end she readily accepted God’s plan and the part she was to play in it. “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38 NIV)
I can see three things that this shows us about God’s plans for our lives. First, He will show us His plan for our lives. So He does have a plan for each of us and it is up to us to follow it. He may show it to us by circumstances in our lives that go along flowing smoothly or He may place an obstacle before us that we have to detour from our path to something else He had in mind. We may have to wait and trust for Him to show us our next path. But He will show us the way to go. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)
Second, it’s okay to ask questions. Mary asked, “How will this be?” (Luke 1:34 NIV) David asks why many times in the Psalms. Even Jesus asked, “If it is possible may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39 NIV) He asked if there was any other way. God is not offended by questions; He knows us.
Third, we need to accept God’s plan as the best for our lives. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary said. Thy will be done. God has something great in store if we just let Him do it in our lives.
How about you? Have you found yourself struggling to do what you have planned or are you letting God show you His plan? Are you asking questions? Have you accepted His will as what’s best? He’s waiting; all you have to do is ask Him to show you His will for your life.