The angel answered Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
- Luke 1:35-38
The angelic proclamation must have been a lot to take in for Mary. After all, she was probably a teenager, was definitely poor, and was not married. Even to a devout young woman like Mary, this plan must have sounded outlandish. And yet she was open to it. She somehow had come to be able to discern when something really was from God. And she was all in.
What’s the most outlandish thing God has called you to do? How certain were you that it was God calling you to do it? How enthusiastically did you jump into it? What can you learn from Mary’s response?