“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.”
I don’t expect I’ll ever hear these words. At least, I hope not. But let’s think about what else God may show up and say, shall we?
“You will adopt a child from a third world country and save him from death by starvation.”
“You will visit the homeless in downtown Indy because I love them.”
“You will open your home to a confused teen who needs constant love and guidance.”
“You will stop spending on yourself and give all your extra income to the poor.”
“You will sell your home and live in a developing nation to work with disabled children.”
Okay…Given the options, I’ll take the baby and name him anything you want. But seriously, these are in similar categories, right? They all fall into the “your life is no longer how you planned it” category. God just took control of your life. Happy, peaceful retirement: Gone. World Travel and Exotic Places: Well, if you count a visit to the Third-World to pick up your new family member exotic travel…
See what I mean? For Mary, her plans of a happy engagement and marriage to Joseph just flew out the window. This changes everything.
How would you respond if everything changed? How would you react if God pulled the rug out from under your comfortable plans?
Me too. Me too.