“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her.’” Luke 1:38
This story never fails to amaze the onlooker from future’s perch. She was a young woman, not much more than a mere girl. She had been promised to a man of her tribe who would serve as her husband. Until the angel’s visit, life looked simple and very well planned for her. But God’s plan supersedes all of man’s plans. His schedule trumps all others. Mary was chosen, but not irresistibly. She was a willing participant in history’s greatest story. Her willingness to serve God in becoming His servant proved to serve her intended groom with eternal blessings, though initially it was a tough pill for Joseph to swallow. Service to God in the work of Jesus’ birth followed with service to God all His life. Just think of Mary’s commitment to her family. She brought Jesus, and later other children, into the world, cf. Mark 6:3. She served her children by raising them in the way of God. Even at the conclusion of the incident where Jesus was discovered after three days in the temple, it was said that she kept those things concerning Him in her heart, Luke 2:51. She was committed! And then when He died, and all had forsaken Him, she stood there before the cross as her Son’s life’s blood poured out of Him, John 19:25-27. Easily, it can be seen that Jesus was served by His mother. She, like so many godly women of the past, stood out, since the dawn of time, as examples worthy to be followed. She was a great servant!