Advent 2017 – Up Close and Personal – Wednesday, December 20th

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

Luke 1:26-29 NIV

Did you catch it? Mary was highly favored and the Lord was with her…and she had no idea! We can only assume that she was living a typical life in first century Israel when the big announcement came to her. No warnings that something was happening.

I wonder how often we are in the same place as Mary by living our life unaware of God’s presence is near and God’s favor is upon us. And in so doing we might miss the importance of living the little moments and even the “boring” times of life with great faithfulness. There are no insignificant times in life for those who follow Jesus. Every moment is filled with potential. Potential for us and for others to experience the love of God and be transformed.

I believe that one of the reasons Mary was chosen by God was that she was faithful in all the moments of life big and small. She didn’t realize that God was preparing her for the role of Mother of God until it was upon her.

That is what waiting looks like at its best. Faithfulness without the need to know what is around the corner. Contentment in every season. And if we will do that, God will have access to us in ways that will prepare us for whatever is to come.

Wait well my friends.