Luke 1:26-38, vs. 31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS”, 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Think of this scenario, a young woman is engaged to be married, she is getting herself ready, then out of nowhere she discovers she is going to have a baby. To things more complicated, the baby is not her fiancé’s. That was Mary’s story. Here we see a woman who is engaged as we are told, was looking forward to getting married, planning her wedding, maybe planning on when to actually have kids down the road. The timing for her and her husband to be couldn’t be perfect as they paint a picture of their future together then suddenly their lives are interrupted. I remember when I was 23, I had set my life, couldn’t wait to be married, everything was running according to schedule when all of a sudden, my life was interrupted, halted and changed. It was hard to adjust to the new plan but the Lord interrupted the flow of things for a reason. When a life is interrupted, it calls for change and change can be hard when everything you planned comes to a halt.
Look at how it started with Mary, vs. “28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”. You and I would consider a favored life as a life blessed with our desires falling in place. Here we see Mary considered HIGHLY favored, the reason she was chosen. When you are in the will of God, if the Lord interrupts your life, it may not mean you are doing something wrong or being punished, it may mean He has something bigger planned for your life that will bring Him more glory. The interruption may be because He wants to impregnate you with His own destiny rather than yours. Your plans and mine are temporal, His are eternal. He may delay your plans and your response is to be obedient to His plans as Mary did. When the angel spoke to her about what was to come, instead of sharing her plans with the angel, she was willing to obey. She did not share how her fiancée would take it, or how it will slow her plans or how her people and family would think, all she wanted was to honor God in her interrupted plans, 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” If it was of the Lord, the Lord would take care of the details and make things known clearly.
You may feel like your hopes and dreams have been interrupted. You had imagined by now you would have been married, had your career on the move, done with school or had kids (whatever it might be). Everyone seems to be moving ahead but you. You feel like time is running out for you. Have you considered that your life may have been interrupted by the Lord for a reason? That your desires may have been DELAYED but not DENIED? And your prayer, “Lord what do you have me do?”, Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” The Lord has interrupted my life many times and in that I’ve learnt to take Him at His word as I trusted His wisdom in my plans. I found the more I yielded to His will, the more my will was refined under His will to align to His. Trusting in the Lord to live His own life through us. The Lord is more concerned about getting WHOLE of us than getting us what we want. When God interrupts, He has bigger plans. Blessings Ev