“My soul magnifies the Lord, My soul magnifies the Lord and rejoices in God, my Savior … for He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name!” Luke 1:47, 49
How would you respond if you encountered an angel who said you were chosen to bear God’s Son? How would your family and friends respond to your news?
So many stories in the Bible are romanticized such as the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus. We forget she was a real girl, young in age, living in a society with strict moral standards and traditions. I can’t even imagine what went through her mind having been visited by an angel and having been told she was the chosen one. Did she consider the whispers behind her back, the ridicule, false judgments, and humiliation she would face?
While I realize the Bible only gives us a glimpse, I believe she knew the sacrifice ahead and it didn’t matter. She was a girl who loved God. She was raised in a family who loved and served God: she could not respond any other way.
This type of relationship with our heavenly Father is powerful. What type? The type of relationship built on generational stories telling of a powerful, all loving, heavenly Father. A generational relationship passed down which binds together family; a family so focused on God that life’s circumstances are simply His opportunity to reveal himself. A relationship with God which allows families to look reality square in the face and respond with, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and rejoices in God, my Savior … for He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name!”
Reality can be intimidating, overwhelming, and downright scary, but, as believers, like Mary, we know “nothing is impossible” with God. Today’s families are struggling. As mothers, fathers, grandparents, we have forgotten that our testimony will build up or tear down our kids’ faith. Our children are watching us as we face the daily trials and victories of life. They watch who we give the credit to and where we go for help. Today, I need Mary’s reminder and I need her example of pure devotion and trust. How about you?
Yes, easier said than done but possible. Here’s how. Reflect over our lives; remember who God is and what He has already done for us … write it down. Let’s look the impossible circumstance in the face, and speak to it, “God it is yours, work the impossible because I know all things are possible with you; have your way in our family and through our family.” Every day, until we see the impossible made possible, let’s step forward believing and trusting in God’s strength and power. Lastly, let’s start telling God stories to our children, and grandchildren. By doing so, we give Him all the credit, glory, and freedom to do the possible in the impossible circumstances of life.
Not to mention, we are building strong generational families who face even darker days and will respond to God as Mary did, as you and I do, “Our soul magnifies the Lord and rejoices in God, our Savior ... for He is mighty and has done great things for me, holy is His name.” All text and images are copywritten 2012.