So much of our faith is a mystery. Many dedicated men and women have spent ages explaining and contemplating, but there are still many things we do not understand. Some people find this disturbing. I think that all of us can be tempted to want a God that we can completely understand and explain.
But ultimately, I am thankful that there is still an element of mystery to faith. God is deeper and broader and more amazing than anything I can imagine or dream up or explain. And that is just as true for the smartest philosophers as it is for the least educated people we know. God is more than we can think or imagine.
I can only imagine that Mary felt a lot of awe and fear and a deep sense that God’s purpose was beyond her understanding when the angel Gabriel appeared to her and announced that she would be the mother of Jesus. I imagine she did not find anything in what the Rabbis had taught her about the God of Israel to really explain the fact that she was chosen to be the mother of God’s Son.
I think Luke shared this story as a part of his gospel because he wants us to share Mary’s amazement but also because he wants us to admire Mary’s response and follow her example. “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” What else can we say? As we are wondering what God has is store for us, as we are pondering the mystery of our circumstances and where God is in them, let us remember Mary’s faith. Mary didn’t understand, but she still believed God was worthy of her trust.
He is worthy of your trust in your mysterious circumstances and struggles too.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC