Well, I have unpacked my last box! Hooray! Now to organize, clean and hang pictures…all in time. I love to create a nest.
I wonder if Mary longed to do that for her baby. Was she imagining a nursery for Him? Getting His layette stocked with the things she would need? Were neighbors lining up meals to bring to her? What about her mother…was she looking forward to helping Mary give birth? A grandchild is a really big deal and it’s wonderful to be a part of the event of the birth. It’s a family event.
And then the census degree by Caesar Augustus! It couldn’t have come at a worse time. How was she going to manage? Riding a donkey isn’t a comfortable mode of transportation – I’ve done it. But not when I was 9 months pregnant. What a miserable journey it would have been. And she couldn’t have packed too many things – they wouldn’t all fit on the donkey. Why couldn’t she just have stayed in the comfort of her own home? What was God thinking? Couldn’t He have at least provided some creature comforts for the mother of Jesus at this time? I would have been questioning, complaining, arguing…being a pain in the neck. But that didn’t seem to be Mary’s attitude. When she replied to the angel’s news by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant…let it be unto me as you have said.” she meant it! She had a tender and surrendered heart. All I can say is, WOW!
We Protestants don’t give enough attention to Mary. Our Catholic brothers and sisters are better at it than we are. But perhaps this week we can pause and think about Mary’s attitude of trust and surrender and try to have a Mary heart. There will be inconvenience this week. Things won’t go as we (or Martha Stewart) planned. The tree lights will go out. The cookies will burn. The milk will go sour. The gifts you ordered won’t arrive in time…
I know none of that measures up to what Mary had to endure…but she has set an example for us all. Let’s have a surrendered heart – no matter the challenges!