Mary sighed, wiped the loose strand of damp hair from her brow, and stood up to stretch her back. Washing the floors at such an early hour was best as she could see where the dirtiest spots were. The morning sun brought out the best and the worst in any situation, so she figured you might as well use it to your advantage.
She dropped the soiled cloth in the bucket, grabbed her cup of tea, and went outside to watch the sunrise.
Something feels different today. Maybe Joseph has a surprise for me!
Mary’s innocence and purity set her a part from the other girls in town. She was honest without being rude, strong without being forceful, and kind without being a pushover. T’was the many reasons Joseph was so smitten with her. Their parents approved of their marriage, thankfully.
The tea was spicy, soothing her tired body as she smiled at the sun. She often took times like this alone to enjoy what God had designed for her to delight in. She may have been young, but she knew that life was a gift. This was her favourite time of day in Nazareth – when no one else was stirring about.
Mary went back inside, placed her teacup on the kitchen table, and kneeled down to finish cleaning the floor. The morning light suddenly got brighter and brighter and Mary momentarily lost sight of the dirty floor in front of her. Seconds later, a tall, handsome, white-robed figure stood before her. Smiling.
The stunned look on Mary’s face was evidence enough of surprise, so he spoke up.
“Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
Mary’s mouth slightly agape, she looked left, then right, then up, and stood to stand in front of, well, an angel. She again wiped the stubborn loose strand from her brow.
Obviously disturbed, the angel continued.
“Don’t be afraid Mary. God has decided to bless you!! You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever, his kingdom will never end!”
Thinking the angel clearly didn’t know her, or her situation, she decided to point out the not-so-obvious.
“But….but….how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.”
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. For nothing is impossible with God!”
The angel smiled again.
It was a smile that commanded attention and calmed Mary at the same time.
Her heart beat faster. She had had no time to think about her decision. No time to pray and ask what her parents thought. At this very moment, all she relied on was what she knew of her relationship with her Father God. She knew she could trust Him.
“I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever He wants. May everything you have said come true.”
And the angel left.
Mary’s legs began to wobble and she fell to her knees in front of the doorway.
What has just happened? And here I thought Joseph was going to surprise ME!
She could just imagine telling her fiancé. Um, honey, I’m pregnant. With God’s son.
The light returned to a normal Nazareth morning. But there was clearly nothing normal about what had just happened. If this was how Jesus was going to enter the world, then normal would not fit His life either.
But she, Mary, had said yes. And because of that, the impossible was about to become possible.
Unexpected. Out of the normal. And exactly according to God’s plan.
On bended knee, Mary looked again from left to right, wondered why no one could be a witness and verify what had just happened, and stood to her feet.
“I need some more tea.”
~ Authors note ~
Clearly this is a fictional take on a true event found in Luke 1….
But sometimes it’s wondeful to imagine the scene and remember that our Jesus entered this world through the obedience of a young woman… Just willing to say yes.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Let’s say yes, even if it doesn’t make sense, because the possible is waiting on the other side of yes!