Mary Hardly Knew

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No one knows when He will arrive or how. 

Probably when the Romans finally invent flying chariots, many think. But not in my lifetime.

But she knows. That girl pressing her hand to her tummy when no one’s looking. What’s going through her head? Has she grown a little pompous because God parted eternity and singled her – HER! – out? Does she ever think this may be some cosmic prank, so she remains humble, her head bowed below the crowds, ducking behind her neighbors?

She feels Him kick. Her heart stops, but His keeps beating for her. This is no joke. This is the real deal.

Yes, God singled her out – a daughter of Eve, the crown jewel of all creation – for a job infinitely more important than ruling Israel and Judah from a throne of which it took 41 men, and all of them messed it up in one way or another.

But God administered His most important, fragile, eternally-dependant act to a woman – no, a girl. To carry His precious Son among a land of disease, hatred, sexism, and self-appointed judges – men eager to sling their rocks of judgment at any whom they – THEY – deem unworthy.

But God’s great gift to those unworthy judges was knitted delicately in the womb of a girl who lived among the darkest spirits of the unseen world, scratching and clawing their way wildly around the earth, seeking to devour the promised One they knew was coming.

God chose not a man armed with metal and blades. He chose not a ruler with influence and power.

He chose not a man, but a woman. A girl.

A girl who otherwise would have been forgotten to history as not even a name or a thought, not even a mention or a memory.

A girl who chose to say Yes to a God who said You.

Had she said no, God would have found another. But I can assure you, He would have found another woman, another girl.

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41 Responses to Mary Hardly Knew

  1. There is an old book I read long ago. It is by Marjorie Holmes and is titled ‘Two from Galilee’. It was a remarkable story of Mary and Joseph and what they thought and felt in the time leading up to our Savior’s birth. It is a good read. This post of yours reminded me of the book. This is an excellent post, thank you for sharing it. DAF

  2. tcslibrary says:

    Lovely post! Very thoughtful; and I have to say I’ve had Two from Galilee on my to be read shelf for over a year. Maybe it will be a good Advent read…

  3. ronnie says:

    wow it’s a lovely post.Wonder why God chose a girl or woman for that matter.

  4. alida5477 says:

    Oh! How I love this!!! Yes! and Thank God she did say yes. I read “The Infancy Narratives – Jesus of Nazareth” By Pope Benedict XVI over the summer – what an amazing book!!! I learned so much. I learned Mary could have said, “No.” It never realized she could have said No. Ratzinger says, all of Heaven and Earth held there breath waiting for an answer. And they say, “the Church hates woman.” HAAA! If only they knew.

  5. Morgan says:

    beautiful post..Thank you!

  6. This is beautiful. Thank you for the gift of your words this morning.

  7. Yudi says:

    Great post because society forgets how valuable women are each time they hold favor in males in which, have been bad leaders. Not all of course not.

  8. gapark says:

    “why then did God make woman subject to man?”

    I was just reading in Genesis about the creation. It reads,
    27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

    Adam and Eve TOGETHER had dominion over the earth. It was a joint partnership. I always like the image of Eve being created from Adam’s rib, (symbolically) representing near to his heart and by his side. Adam, as the family patriarch would have stewardship over Eve, but she was to obey him, as he obeyed the Lord. If Adam were to exercise unrighteous dominion, Eve (and thereby, all women) was not obliged to follow.

  9. Great post, Andrew. Like you, I’m thankful for how our Savior left the halls of heaven to be born in a feeding trough so he could one day die on a wooden cross for our sins. I’m thankful for Mary and Joseph who raised the Son of God on earth. That’s mind-boggling for everyone, and yet so life-changing for anyone who trust Christ as their Savior

    I hope you and your wife enjoy celebrating the Christ of Christmas, even as you anticipate the arrival of your foster son or daughter. I pray God’s blessings on you. Keep lookin’ up!

  10. Charli Mills says:

    Beautifully written!

  11. Ruthi says:

    Fantastic new look at an old story of Mother and Child.

  12. Beautiful post – God’s values always surprise.

  13. librarylady says:

    Lovely post. So true, and perfect for this time of year.

  14. This is lovely. Mary’s obedience was powerful and right.

    I was pregnant with my son over Christmas. I sobbed my way through Christmas Eve mass, feeling for a moment the love and wonder she must have felt.You and your wife must feel the same, like Mary, patiently waiting and trusting God’s plan to bring you your son.

    Advent is not just four weeks. It is sacred waiting. Happy sacred waiting!

  15. This is a beautiful post. Thank you!

  16. huntmode says:

    Hi Andrew, I noted you visited me and wanted to be neighborly and return the visit. Maybe I am behind the curve, but this is one of the loveliest pieces I’ve read in a while ~ it provokes and lifts at the same time. Remarkable. Best ~ HuntMode

  17. huntmode says:

    Reblogged this on Chasing Rabbit Holes and commented:
    Maybe I am behind the curve, but this is one of the loveliest pieces I’ve read in a while ~ it provokes and lifts at the same time. Remarkable. Best ~ HuntMode

  18. Jovella M. says:

    Thank you so much for bringing this into awareness! Only a female could have brought our saviour into this world, how powerful and divine is that! They blame women for bringing sin into the world, well… guess what, it was also a woman who brought our saviour into the world!!!

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