"Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father."
In my last post, we sat in the moment before everything changed for Mary. I can't even imagine how I would process this moment if it happened to me. An angel, and apparently an enormous one, shows up and tells her that she is not only going to be pregnant, but her child will be a king and the Son of God.
Mary, of course, is a little confused and asks a couple questions about how this could physically happen. I, on the other hand, don't think I would even be able to form a question. I might have to step out of the room for a moment, and then go back in to see if it was actually real. And then I think I would have to step out again.
Mary does a little better than I think I would. After her questions are answered, she is clear. If the details are already handled, there is no other answer she could give. "I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)
It's a "Yes."
I think being full of grace helped her out a bit. She's going to need that grace as she takes on this role she has been given. This is the happy moment, the easy part. It will be a little rough in the beginning, and there will be another 30 years of waiting for the angel's words to come to pass.
I wonder if she had any idea how different this King would be from the others? I don't think it would have changed her mind, even if she did.
We are all called in various ways to carry Jesus with us and into the world. Even if it means going through some rough times, we are called. Have you answered?