What Mary Didn’t Say

What would you say if God suddenly told you he was going to change the course of your life?

I hope that I would respond like Mary.

During this Christmas season, a dear friend and I have started re-reading the book of Luke together. Luke is a beautiful writer in the way he shows the realness and humanity of Jesus’ earthly family. We see Zechariah’s struggle to believe the angel and we see Elizabeth’s private praise as she hides away for five months.

And we see Mary’s total submission to God’s plan. Mary’s words leapt off the page at me this morning. I was struck by her posture of surrender and how it came through so completely in her words. And I wondered how different my response may have been.


An angel came to her to deliver earth-shaking news. Whatever plans she had for herself were gone. Whatever identity she was claiming was rewritten. She was going to miraculously birth the savior of the world. Her future, her upcoming marriage, her family, her everything was going to be different from anything she had planned.

What would I have said?

Maybe insecurity would have spoken for me:

I think you’ve got the wrong, girl. I don’t have any talent to offer you.
I’m not fit for this task.
I can’t possibly raise the son of God.
I’ll surely mess this up. You should really pick someone else.

Maybe my over-analyzing brain would have spoken instead:

May I have a few days to think this over?
What all is involved with this assignment?
I have a few things to finish before taking this on. Could we wait a few months?
Can you give me a guarantee that this is going to turn out well?

Maybe pride would have crept in:

I must be doing pretty well for an angel to come visit me.
I’m so happy God has noticed all the work I’ve been doing for Him.
Wow! Way to go, Beka! You’re really gonna rock this.

Not Mary. She didn’t say any of those things that I may have said. She didn’t let insecurity, or overthinking, or pride get in the way of total surrender. Instead, she said “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

I am your servant Let it be to me according to your word. Luke 1:38

In this season of joy and hope, let’s respond like Mary. When God prompts us, let’s just say “let it be so, Lord” and step into the task he’s given us as servants. If He asks us to do it, He’ll surely help us complete it!

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7 thoughts on “What Mary Didn’t Say

  1. Hi Beka,
    Good thoughts! Because of the prestige of being Jesus’ earthly mother we think of it only in terms of the blessing. We forget the trial and difficulties that accompanied it.

    One verse that comes to mind is: John 8:41b Then [the religious leaders] said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God.”

    This means 30 years later it was still a nagging rumor that Mary was an adulteress. Must have been difficult for Mary to go through most of her life facing this sort of scandal, with people questioning and accusing…unless of course they believe in a Virgin Birth.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Scott. I’d never thought about that verse in that way before! Being the target of rumor and scandal would have been a terrible experience- and not how we usually think if Mary.

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