December 29, 2011

Mary, Feathers, and Opportunities

Yes, so I'm a little behind in terms of the timing of this post. Forgive me. A couple of days ago, I was reading in Luke. The story of how Mary was told about her son, Jesus, is absolutely beautiful to me. It sounds crazy! A virgin foretold to give birth to the Son of God? Um, okay. But really! And it happened, in the most beautiful way imaginable.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. 
Luke 1:29-38
The passage goes on to talk about how Mary goes to tell her cousin, Elizabeth, what the Lord has showed her. Can you imagine what an odd situation that would be? The faith Mary and Elizabeth had to have had! Then at my church, Pastor Seth talked about Mary. WOW. Then my blogger friend, Molly blogged about Mary, too! I love when God works out things that way. :)
This verse really stuck out to me. 
"Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished" Luke 1:45

Then I was watching tv casually at my parents house when Evan Almighty came on. One of those movies you've seen a few times, but you watch it anyway. So this video clip came on, and it just really spoke to me. 

One of my great friends from Canby Grove, Shock (or Keith) had an experience with God during our beach retreat. He was surrounded by feathers on the beach, which represented opportunities. To this day, everytime I see a feather, I see an opportunity. But the reality is, every moment of every day is an opportunity. 
I choose to take it.

1 comment:

  1. SO I found this post and realized I was mentioned in it and made a BIG HUGE SMILE! Good post in general. Thanks.