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Why, not me?

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Why did I have to go through four major spinal surgeries in high school?

Why was my daughter born with certain health issues that led her into ICU twice and surgery once before the age of one?

Why do people go through strokes and sickness?

Why do I ______(fill in the blank) ?

As moms, wives and woman of the Word, we can feel that our load is too heavy.

“We gave our lives to you, Lord, why are you allowing this? Why isn’t my husband responding Biblically? Why aren’t my kids __________ (fill in the blank)

There are many great answers to these questions of illness and trials, but after reading Luke today, I felt that one of the best answers to this, is Mary’s response “Why, NOT me?”

In Luke 1, we meet a godly YOUNG woman who was engaged to be married. She was a virgin and had her whole life ahead of her. An angel came to her and told her of news that would turn everything upside down. She would become pregnant with the Messiah, the repercussions from which she would forever have to contend.

Mary’s response was two-fold.

“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” – Luke 1:38

First she replied that she was the handmaid of the Lord. In the Greek, the word is “doulē,” meaning a female slave.

She was saying that her life was not her own. She was voluntarily serving her Master, no matter the cost.

Then secondly, she said “Be it unto me.”  This response was not just a “I have to because I serve Him” but a “Give me all you have willed for me.”

She embraced the plan God gave her.

The commentary of Matthew Henry says it best “She objects not the danger of spoiling her marriage, and blemishing her reputation, but leaves the issue with God, and submits entirely to his will.”

Mary was not put on a pedestal like she is in our day and age. She was most likely looked down on, talked about and shunned as the “unwed mom.”

But her response to what God had handed to her was a response that we all can learn.

“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” – Luke 1:38

Rejoicing in the Present,

Joy T.


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