“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Why Was Mary Chosen?
(Please read Luke 1:26-38 )
As we often say, mothers are special. Someone has called attention to an episode in the old Peanuts comic strip, when Charlie Brown said, “Everybody needs someone to love them, trust them, care for them, support them, laugh and cry with them.” Lucy said, “That’s a lot of people.” And Snoopy responded, “Or one wonderful mother.”
All mothers are blessed by the Lord, but Mary was blessed by becoming the mother of the Lord. She must have been someone very special to have found such favor with God as to be thus chosen. Nothing in the Bible indicates that she was perfect, though; rather, she was chosen as an expression of God’s grace, his “unmerited favor” toward her that our text mentions. But we can draw some conclusions about this remarkable woman.
First, she was thoughtful, and not afraid to express her mind. Luke 1 tells us that she pondered things in her mind, and she asked the angel how she could possibly become a mother since she was a virgin. When the answer came, she showed faith in the power of God and humility as his servant. Her magnificent song later in the chapter reveals that she knew the Scriptures, and she was courageous to fulfill her mission in the face of the suspicions she knew others might have about her character. And she had other fine characteristics as a servant of the Lord.
Qualities like these will help anyone succeed in life. Let our faith always be strong enough that we can say, as Mary did, “May it be to me as you have said.”