Good morning, or whatever part of the day it is. :-)
I have made a few posts from the reflections of a friend of mine. Today, and noticing this section for the first time, I decided to post the whole of todays offering. Thought provoking to say the least.
Luke 1:26-28 New King James Version (NKJV)
Christ’s Birth Announced to Mary
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; [a]blessed are you among women!”
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. Have you ever thought how disruptive this announcement was to Mary's life? In today's world, she and Joseph would have gone on dates and out to eat. Maybe they would have gone to the movies, or to the mall to hang out. Suddenly, all that changed the instant Mary said, "Yes," to God's invitation. In Mary and Joseph's world, they may have never met face to face, the marriage having been arranged by their parents.
You and I for the most part simply ask God to bless our plans, do we not? How would our lives be different, yours, mine, if we were to ask God what He wants and what His plans for us include? To be certain, I am not advocating stopping what you are doing to go into "seeking the will of God for my life" mode. That is, do not do that unless you cannot find anything worthwhile to do from the opportunities and options that already present themselves. One of the reasons that I believe that you and I should continue to do what is before us, even if we are seeking direction from the Lord is that you cannot impart direction to a body that is either at rest or simply going in circles or spinning your wheels. But, if you and I are moving forward with the things that are at hand, then we can be steered by God. If we simply stand and wait, we may spin round and round but we do not get anywhere until and unless we move forward.
To say the above in a different way, we should do what our hands find to do even if we are waiting for a word from God to impart direction. Do not be surprised if God's plans and invitations are disruptive. If it were the ordinary, day-to-day of our lives, we do not need an invitation to do those things because we are or should be already doing them. Thus, we can expect that if God gives you or me an assignment, it will require changing our "normal" to align with His agenda.
Mary's invitation from God, extended to her by Gabriel, caused her to be a traveler, going to Egypt from Bethlehem, and ultimately back to Nazareth. She was present at the crucifixion, so it seems that she followed Jesus' travels at least some of the time. His invitations to you and me may cause us to be more engaged where we already are. Our pastor regularly reminds me that there are more unchurched people than ever before right in the city and county where we are. We all have something we can be doing while we wait to hear from the Lord.
Father, thank You that You do have plans and purposes for me. May I too be "about my Father's business" even as the boy Jesus told Mary and Joseph when asked why He had remained in Jerusalem after the feast. Open my eyes Lord to what is at hand. If my heart needs to be broken to teach me to recognize the pain of others, so be it. Please be gentle Father because I know it will hurt. Convict me of my indifference to the needs to which I should be ministering. Teach me to see people with needs rather than problems. If Your plans for me and Your call include things that will be disruptive, lead me that I may be sensitive to Your direction. Please grant today that I may receive such measure of Your Holy Spirit that I will be enabled to live in a manner that honors You and that strengthens the effect of Your kingdom in my world. In the name of Jesus, may these things be so.