I’ve had Mary on my mind these last few days. I’m following the Christmas story as told in pieces on twitter and facebook by some ministries in England who collaborated on a project called “The Natwivity.” They are posting short, 1-2 sentence thoughts from different characters in the story, giving lots of fresh perspective with a modern feel and “ponder fodder” as I like to call thought-provoking things. If Joseph and Mary would tweet, what would they say? It may seem silly, but it has moved me a few times already. Sure, culture is different here than it was in those days in Nazareth, but people are people and I’m sure teens still had the same emotional reactions and deep questions about things that they do today. (The latest tweet from Mary this morning: “Don’t think I can do this. Hands are still shaking. Want to see Joseph so bad but can’t tell him. That’ll be the end of us…”)
What was it really like for Mary? To start off, how would it be to suddenly be face to face with an ANGEL? That in itself would be enough to try to absorb for a few months in my opinion. Not only did she receive a message from an angel unexpectedly standing in her very own room, the message he had for her was life-changing in the truest sense of those words.
Did she have time to think about all the possible ramifications of saying “yes” to this most holy invitation? With heart pounding, did her mind race through all that might happen? That Joseph might be so angry he would actually call for her punishment and leave her? That her parents would be disgraced and she would be labeled an immoral woman? What would it feel like to carry the actual son of God in her own body? And how is that going to happen anyway?? Why did He choose her? Why not her friends Lilith or Rinna or one of her sisters? Will I have to raise the child on my own? What if I mess up or do something wrong?
The Bible doesn’t say how long she took to respond to the task God was offering her but she humbly agreed with wisdom beyond her young age, “Let it be as you’ve said.”
Do you suppose God had a back-up girl if Mary said “no”? Or did He know she would say “Yes” and that is why he approached her?
The Beatles sang about Mary in their song “Let it Be”. “Let it be” could mean a few different things. In the song it seems to mean we should let things alone and not fret, things will work out. Kind of a “don’t worry, be happy” mindset. In the story of Mary I think it was more a submission, a surrender to God no matter what. She gave up her future and any plans she had, yielded her actual body to whatever miracle He was going to do in and through her. What a great example.
She’s an inspiration to me right now. She had to know that it would be hard but seemed to believe that if God was behind it, it would work out. Times of trouble? Let it be as You say, God. Times when I feel inadequate for the task? Let it be, God. You’re in charge. When I don’t know how things will turn out? Let it be Your way anyway, God. I belong to You.
When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, “Let it be.”
© Lennon, Winston, & McCartney