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Our Calling Will Require A Heart Like Mary’s

Our Calling Will Require A Heart Like Mary’s

I was standing at the sink washing dishes, listening to Christmas music. The song Breath of Heaven came on.  As the water ran I listened intently.  I felt frozen, like time was standing still.  It’s words sunk deep into my heart and tears immediately stung my eyes.  I’d heard the song a thousand times but this time it hit me that like Mary, we too have been called to bring Jesus to the world.  The reality of it took my breath away.  I tried to imagine all of the emotions she must have experienced but how the posture of her heart was obedience from day one.

Can you imagine being a virgin, engaged to be married and an angel shows up to tell you that you would become pregnant with the Son of God?  If you’re anything like me, you’d have to be told at least ten times and in fifteen different ways before believing it.  But Mary’s immediate response after the angel explained how it would happen was ‘YES’.  She said, “I am the Lord’s servant.  May your word to me be fulfilled.” (Luke 1:38)

She is a shining example for us.  In her humanity she was weak, but she knew that as long as she was led by the ‘breath of heaven’, she could do what she was called to do.  Let’s work our way through the emotions that are described so beautifully in this song.  I think you might find that you are experiencing many of the same things she did. Honestly, I can relate to every line of it.

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy father you have come
And chosen me now to carry your son
We may not be carrying a baby inside us, but the weight of carrying a God-given destiny feels very much the same.  Our lives have been a journey of pain and trials that have felt much like traveling many moonless nights, cold and afraid.  No doubt we’ve all wondered what we did to deserve the things we’ve had to endure.  But it all adds up to one thing.  He chose US to carry the Good News of His Son to the world and everything we’ve been through has prepared us for it.
 I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now
Be with me now
Waiting in silence.  Isn’t that the worst?  It’s scary and feels so lonely.  But notice that it says ‘waiting in a silent prayer’.  Without speaking a word, the prayer of her heart was “Be with me now”. Prayer was hers and is our lifeline.  No matter what he asks of us, we have to remember that He is with us.  He didn’t leave Mary and He won’t leave us.
Breath of heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven
Breath of heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy
Breath of heaven
The ‘breath of heaven’- the Spirit of God is the key.  It will hold us together, light our darkness and pour over us the holiness that will fuel us until we are walking out the destinies we were created for.  But we have to want it, to seek it out.  I learned this lesson myself a few weeks ago.  I was busy with traveling and to be honest, my prayer and bible time wasn’t top on my list like usual.  It didn’t take long to realize how miserable I was without the daily infilling of His Spirit.  The power is always there but we have to choose to stay connected to the Source of it.
Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place
Still I offer all I am
For the mercy of your plan
Help me be strong
Help me be
Help me
It’s natural for us to wonder if we got it wrong.  Did God really choose us?  He did.  And just like Mary, even when we doubt it, we have to trust Him and offer ourselves for the mercy of His plan. The plan isn’t just for us, but for every person God has planned for us to cross paths with.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to miss the chance to share His love with the world around me.
I shudder to think what would have happened had Mary said no. What will happen if we say no?
While her purpose was to carry the actual JESUS into the world, our purpose is essentially the same.  Will we trust God and set our hearts to obedience no matter the cost?  I say, “YES”!  I pray that you do, too!
Until next time, I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas with your families and a Happy New Year!
Blessings and Love,