I love the Advent season as we look forward to Christmas with anticipation and hope. For the young Mary however it would have felt very different as she faced the future full of uncertainty and trepidation. We see in Luke 1 that when the Angel appeared to her bringing good news, Mary’s first response was fear. We are not told why she was afraid, but it was probably at the sudden appearance of an Angel, bringing news that certainly on the surface didn’t sound very good, an unmarried getting pregnant! Try explaining that one!
Whilst we can only speculate about Mary’s emotions, one thing is sure, despite the seemingly impossibility of it all, this young girl was prepared to step out in obedience and faith. To step over her fear to walk into faith, with all its incumbent uncertainties as she said, “May it be done to me according to your word,” and where faith and obedience met, life was conceived.
Last week we saw Ruth Livingston walk into church unaided for the first time. Many of us had only known her in a wheelchair. Ruth had never given up hope for healing and consequently had gone forward for prayer. Seemingly nothing happened, but she awoke the next day fully healed no longer in need of her wheelchair. I know that there are many other faithful folk who have not been healed, but what the stories of Mary and Ruth show me is that “nothing is impossible with God.” That is why we must all keep trusting God and keep on striving to walk in obedience.