We all know the story of Mary and her expectancy of a baby, Jesus the Christ. It is an amazing miracle story to say the least. In it was find that God approaches her, messes with her plans and overwhelms her with what He is asking.
She eventually replies with:
Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.” And the angel left her. (CEV)
Mary’s plans for her life had changed with the invitation from God and her resounding, ‘Yes.’
With all of the rushing around during the Christmas season, some things will not go as planned. We must remind ourselves that God always knows what is best for us, during Christmas time and in our everyday lives. The fact of the matter is that, for most of us, life, most of the time, doesn’t go as we planned it to go. Even when you go back to the first Christmas, almost nothing went according to anyone’s plan, that is, except God.”
When God messes up our plans, He is directing us down a better path. In the Bible, Mary and Joseph wanted to get married and start spending their lives together. However, God had another idea.
- What is God speaking to you these days?
- Where is He asking you to move in a different direction?
- Where is He asking you to invest in the lives of others or in a deeper way in your relationship with Him?
- Where is He pressing you toward sacrifice?
- What ideals and personal preferences need to be adjusted or released?
Be expecting to hear God’s voice and truth come to you in this season, and as you listen know in advance that He will be changing your plans.
- Who will He use you to impact for Him?
- Who will you be able to bring to church with you this Christmas?
- What areas can you step out and serve in during this Season?
God will speak into our lives because He wants us to listen to Him. God will put people in our paths because they have a need we can meet.
God used the angel, Gabriel, to speak to Mary and Joseph about their change of plans. God might not send you an angel but He does speak to us through our circumstances, by His Spirit and His word, our families, and friends.
We can become so distracted and busy with our own pre-determined ideals and schedules that we do not take the time to listen to the direction that God has for us. When God steps in and changes our plans, it is because He loves us and knows our futures.
God’s plan for our lives may be harder than our own, just take a look at Mary’s life. But His way is always the best way. We generally take the easy way out rather than surrender to God’s will for us. However, we just cannot see what God has in store for us with our limited perspective.
Live this season with an expectant heart, a listening heart and a willing heart to say: ” I am your servant….let it happen to me, just as you say.”
Expectant for you and our church,