Stirred not Shaken

December 12, 2009

The Woman I Want To Be

Filed under: Uncategorized — Debs @ 11:06 pm

Luke 1:38-39 “And Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto according to thy word.  And the angel departed from her.  Mary rose in those days and went to the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda”

Sheesh….  I seriously doubt she comprehended what was happening to her, yet she surrendered completely to the angel’s words.  What a gal!

I don’t see anywhere that she moaned, became suicidal or depressed over her unusual circumstance, pregnant, not married.. she rejoices.

Luke 1:46-55 pretty much says it all.

46And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.”

Not finding much negative in Mary, only joy.  She was, I want to be, solid, faithful, loyal… dependable. Mary pondered, reflected instead of reacted.  She thoughtfully, silently and thoroughly thought things through.  She never flinched from her duty, not in her attitude.  Once Jesus’ ministry began, she is only mentioned four times.  The last time she is spoken of is in Acts…. she is mentioned in the Upper Room, along with those who would blaze a trail for him.

Acts 1:12-14: “12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”

I can’t imagine the pain of watching my son murdered, and then turning around, staying with His people, His followers, praying with them, maybe even consoling them.  My tendency would be to mourn, be alone, to grieve.  What an example she is for me.  No wonder God’s Word says she is “blessed among women”.

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11 Comments

  1. The more unified we are with God, the easier it is to do the right thing. Because she was human and never did run away (she ran to Elizabeth not from Gabriel), I have to assume it was the Grace received because of her closeness to God, not remarkable personal self discipline. And that is the aspect of Mary we should most try to copy.
    I keep trying to do the right thing by conscious determination. And I keep failing. Even when I succeed, I fail, because I get so proud of myself for doing the right thing! 🙂 Mary never took her eyes off the prize. And because of that, she never lost focus. Seems simple doesn’t it? Hmmmm. Definately should be more like that.

    Comment by Willison — December 16, 2009 @ 10:07 am

  2. Willison: Getting that first one down, isn’t always easy….. i know she must have struggled in her humanness, she had to have had her “lemme outahere” moments, but what an example she has left for us. 🙂

    Comment by Debs — December 16, 2009 @ 12:39 am

  3. We often lose site of Mary because of her humility, but what a record. First, she said “yes”. Then she was the very first Christian. She lived with God himself for 30 years. Of all his followers she was the only one who did not run away during the Passion – even waiting at the foot of the cross. She was there for the burial, was one of the first to know about the resurrection, was there when he ascended, and was with the apostles when the Holy Spirit arrived. Wow. Yeah I would say she Is someone we all should try to be like.

    Comment by Willison — December 15, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

  4. “That “Nor” no longer exists…”

    Yeah. I kind of like “Guy Smiley” myself. 😉

    Comment by TheNorEaster — December 13, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

  5. Hi Nor,

    Yes, child-like faith is so important for us to maintain in our walk. Maturing in our faith while maintaining that child-like faith is not always an easy balance. The more I study, the more complicated I tend to want to make things.. yet, John 1:12 says “Yet to all who received, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” It doesn’t say some with a list of qualifying factors, it says ALL… who believed in HIS NAME….. wow. Jesus is Lord… it’s that simple, yet I tend to make it so complicated.

    You’re right that she saw Him ascend to Heaven…. what strength that must have given her. I’ll run like crazy if you do Nor. Let’s make this a year of repenting before Him, forgiving others and ourselves, and get back to that child-like faith that allows us to crawl up into His lap and soak Him in. I pray for you, that this next year would be one that you are so full of Him, that “Nor” no longer exists…..

    Merry Christmas 🙂

    Comment by Debs — December 13, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

  6. As I read this, I remembered the story of Zechariah. As a priest, he certainly would have been familiar with the story of Abraham, who also doubted God’s promise that he would have a child in his old age. Because of this, Zechariah was disciplined by God-unable to speak until the birth of John the Baptist came true as Gabriel had foretold.

    I think that as we get older, like Abraham and Zechariah, we often lose the child-like dependency with which Jesus says we must receive Him. Mary, an amazing young woman, would have had more of this child-like dependency than Zechariah, who had lived much longer and, because of that, would have experienced more difficulties. But, of course, we are children of God. And our Father has a way of bringing us closer to Him through those difficulties-showing us just how much we truly do need Him. And that is proof, I think, that we are indeed His children. We may groan and complain and struggle with depression and even have suicidal thoughts, but, through it all, our Father is with us.

    By the time Mary had prayed with the Disciples in the Upper Room, she had seen her Son rise from the grave and He had ascended to Heaven as well. At no other time in history had this happened. I would certainly pray with those who had deserted Him if I had seen such miracles. But as Jesus had said when He spoke with doubting Thomas, “You believe because you have seen. But blessed are those who have believed and yet have not seen.”

    Keep “running like crazy”, Debs. Finish the race to eternity. To His Presence. You are blessed beyond measure. And, when everything is ready, you will see Him face to Face.

    Comment by TheNorEaster — December 13, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

  7. Papa…. No I didn’t! I’m gonna have to investigate!!! Nothing better than a song from the Word 🙂

    Princess! Miss you girl! LOL, “she also ran like crazy”…. been there, done that 🙂 Love you too, lemme know when we can catch up! Hugs~

    Comment by Debs — December 13, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

  8. i love this section…i also love that she was human enough to run in haste to the country, later to her cousin Elizabeths…you know i would be running somewhere too…Mary was obedient, and also surrendered to the will of God, she also ran like crazy…its okay to be scared..love this.

    love you

    Comment by darla — December 13, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

  9. Oh no! It is snowing!! On your blog anyways!! Brrrrrr!!

    The class went great!! There was close to 60 in attendance in the Bible class. Lots of discussion. By the way did you know the book of Luke records 5 songs? Mary and Zechariah, but three others as well!

    Comment by Indian Lake Papa — December 13, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

  10. Papa: That is wonderful! Let me know how it goes 🙂

    Comment by Debs — December 13, 2009 @ 10:27 am

  11. In two hours this scripture will be part of a bible study I will facilitate at church this morning. We will look at two songs in Luke – the Magnificat (Mary’s song) and the Benedictus (Zechariah’s song). Mary’s song and Zechariah’s song are both so profound!

    When Elizabeth reassured Mary about the events that would be taking place, Mary began to sing a song of Joy, God’s power and His Mercy!

    Deb – May you sing a song of Joy today!!

    Comment by Indian Lake Papa — December 13, 2009 @ 5:34 am


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