She was just an ordinary girl. She washed clothes and helped her mom cook dinner. She probably would have loved chocolate and coffee and ran to her best friend whenever she had a problem. She may have even been a little boy-crazy, and daydreamed about handsome Joseph. Once she was engaged, I’m sure she anticipated a simple, yet perfect wedding for herself and her betrothed.
In so many ways, she was just an ordinary girl.
She had plans. She dreamed of the future and most likely looked forward to a quiet year or two with her husband before starting a family. She might blush if you mention kissing. Everything was perfect and she couldn’t wait to start her life with Joseph.
She loved God and trusted Him and honored Him above all else. Little did she know that God had a different plan for her life. This plan involved questions, as she found herself in the center of terrible rumors. It involved fear, as she saw her betrothed slipping away from her. It involved pride and joy, in the form of a tiny, perfect baby and heartache at the realization that her precious son would die for her sins.
She was just an ordinary girl, but God gave her an extraordinary life. I can’t imagine how it felt to be told that she would have a baby before she was even married. I wonder if she knew that Jesus was going to die to save the world. To us, Jesus is our Savior. He is our King and our everything, but to Mary, He was a precious baby boy.
She was just an ordinary girl who gave birth in a stable because there was no room for her at the inn. She wondered if it would be warm enough for the newly born King. She wondered where He would sleep until she saw the warm manger full of hay, and still she wondered how any of this could be happening to her.
And then, shepherds arrive telling of the angels that spoke to them and that ordinary girl pondered all that was happening in her heart.
Mary was just an ordinary girl, but she trusted God and held Jesus in her arms.
Everywhere I look I see people hustling and trying to be superstars, but maybe being the best isn’t really as wonderful as it seems. Maybe, extraordinary doesn’t matter to God as much as it does to us. Maybe, what God is looking for is ordinary people who are willing to fully submit to Him, no matter how extraordinary the plan may be.
So this holiday season let’s put first things first. Christmas is a time for us to celebrate our Savior. Don’t let anything get in the way of that.
This Christmas, how are you experiencing the extraordinary? Do you feel like you can relate to Mary? What about her story speaks to you?