God moves in extraordinary ways through ordinary people
From Advent: A 23-Day Devotional
Mary was an ordinary Hebrew girl. She blended in. She was part of the crowd. But God chose Mary to play an important role in His plan to bring blessing and salvation to the world.
Mary supernaturally carried God’s Son in her belly and brought Jesus into the world. God saw fit for His only Son to be born, nurtured, and taught by Mary and her husband, Joseph. No longer able to blend into the crowd, Mary was set apart by God Himself.
Why? What made Mary so special? She didn’t have wealth, nobility, or social standing. Any talents she may have possessed were unimpressive. While her earthly possessions were few, Mary did possess three valuable traits.
First, Mary’s heart was fully surrendered. Mary answered the angel Gabriel, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” Though she had questions, she was open to God’s plan.
Second, Mary had faith. Mary shared the life-altering encounter with a close friend and relative, Elizabeth. Elizabeth recognized Mary’s faith, “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” (Luke 1:45
Third, Mary was a worshipper. Luke 1:46-55
beautifully captures Mary’s heart as she points the focus and praise back to the One who saw her and knew her. God elevated Mary because she surrendered to Him and His plans for her life.
God uses the ordinary for His extraordinary plan. We can trust in Him.
- Do you long to be noticed and seen by others?
- Do you feel insignificant and fear that you have nothing to offer anyone?
- Will you surrender to God’s plan for your life and have faith that He will lift you up and give you purpose?
Take a moment to write down a sentence or two that expresses your heart’s desires to God. Let this be your moment of worship.