Can you imagine what it would have been like to be Mary? To be told that you were chosen to bear God’s only Son?
It’s not like Mary knew it was coming. She was just an average girl leading an ordinary teenage life. No, she didn't attend a public high school every day. She didn't have a Facebook account—or even WiFi, for that matter. Now that’s hard to imagine!
However, I’m sure she had many of the same emotions that every teen experiences: Feelings of rejection, failure, depression, perhaps even loneliness. She could have even been struggling to find a purpose for her life.
I can imagine God watching her and thinking, “Mary, you have no idea. You can’t even comprehend all that I have in store for you.”
I wonder if—when God sees us crying out to Him—he thinks the same thing: “If only you knew what I have in store for you. If only you knew, then you would face every day with a smile rather than a frown.”
"With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine." ~Ephesians 3:20 (NCV)
Jesus came into this world to bring hope.
He came to bring light in midst of the darkness. So don’t lose hope that God has something incredible in store for you. You weren't created by accident—and as long as you follow God wholeheartedly, the events of your life will not occur just by random.
Because you have been made with a purpose.
“All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.” ~Psalm 139:16 (NCV)
“Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” ~Jeremiah 1:5 (NCV)
Sure, you probably won’t become conceived by the Holy Spirit—but the anointing that God has given you is just as important. Even if it seems small to the world’s eyes, it means everything to God.
“But you are a chosen people, royal priests, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. You were chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” ~1 Peter 2:9 (NCV)
Ultimately, the plans God has for you aren't about you. They’re about Him. They’re about bringing light into this dark world. God didn't choose Mary to bear His Son so she could receive glory and feel important, but so that she could be a vessel in which God uses to spread His Good News.
You may not feel qualified to do anything “significant” by the world’s terms. But God, the Creator of the Universe, has qualified you and placed a special anointing on your life—a purpose that only you can fulfill! And through that, you will have the opportunity to spread His Good News. What an amazing privilege!
"He used a virgin who was a nobody to give birth to a Somebody who could bring the Gospel to everybody." ~Unknown
So the next time you feel unimportant or hopeless about your future, just imagine God looking down on you and saying, “If only you knew…”
“No one has ever seen this, and no one has ever heard about it. No one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” ~1 Corin. 2:9 (NCV)