Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.
I like Mary's response. She said yes. It's as simple as that. And yet, it's not. Seventeen individual words, which changed this teenager's life forever. Mary not only said yes to bearing God's child, she also agreed to the scorn from neighbors, suspicion from her fiancee Joseph, and pain of childbirth. Mary had to sacrifice her own wants and desires for the greater good of God.
Many of us have not had the same important job as Mary, delivering and caring for Jesus. But maybe, we have. Maybe each one of us has received an invitation from God, whether it be for adjusting to a change in our lives or having the courage to go on a new adventure. We all have received many invitations. Sometimes we say yes. Sometimes we say no.
I know that this past year God has invited me to try many new things, and honestly, some have been more difficult to accept than others. My main struggle, has been my Mom's cancer.
I have been scared, worried, shocked, confused, frustrated, and frightened. But through all of those emotions, the one thing I did know, was that God was in control. And I wasn't sure I liked it. Unlike Mary, I didn't immediately accept the invitation. For the first month or so, it didn't feel real. I couldn't get my mind around the fact that my Mom had a life threatening disease.
But like Mary, I've learned some things. I've learned who my true friends are. Who can deal with my range of feelings. Who can support my family and me. Who can be there without judgement anytime. Who I can trust.
I've also learned how to deal with, well, being human. Having a mess of emotions, and sorting them and examining them, finding my raw self.
When have you felt an invitation from God? Did you say yes immediately, or hesitate and ponder? Have some invites been more challenging to encounter than others?