Mary’s song from Luke 1:46-55 is astonishing. How could a young teenage girl pen such beautiful and heart-warming words? We sit in seats of luxury as we read the Christmas story year after year. We have faith to know who Jesus is and all He would accomplish in His time on Earth, but what about Mary? Perhaps the most well-known woman in history, Mary has been elevated to a level no other human has achieved before or since. Numerous works of art have been created through her inspiration. Countless churches across the globe bear her name. What is it about this girl?
In terms of information, little is known about Mary, the mother of Jesus. We know she was young, engaged to be married, received limited education, and came from a town with little influence. Yet, God chose her to be the mother of the Lord. God chose her to care for the boy who would become her savior. God chose her to encounter Gabriel, the angelic messenger.
I’ve often wondered what transpired after Luke 1:38 when it says, “Then the angel left her.” I would have preferred a hand-written note of explanation to share with family and friends. I would have liked Gabriel to stick around as I sit down with my fiancé. I would have liked a public announcement so all may know what is transpiring. Instead, she receives a brief visit and then must live her life.
Mary does not seem to panic or struggle with anxiety, fear and worry. Had I been in her position, I am confident I would have been a basket case, yet she exudes a confidence that only comes from the peace of God.
Peace is a spiritual principle that without God we cannot fully enjoy. Mary exhibited great peace as shown in her song: “My soul glorifies the Lord…the Mighty One has done great things…His mercy extends to those who fear Him…He has performed mighty deeds with His arm…” Knowing God and maintaining a focus on who He is brings a trust that allows us to live in peace despite the most chaotic of circumstances.
Life is challenging and difficult at times. The Christmas season has a way of magnifying these challenges and stresses. Like Mary, we can find peace because we serve a God that we can fully trust. Revelation 22:7 says, “Behold, I am coming soon!” Revelation 22:20 echoes this statement by sharing Christ’s soon return. Unfortunately, we do not stop worrying by worrying more, but rather when we trust God and believe His word.
This Christmas season, we could easily allow the stresses, hurts, anxieties, and busyness keep us from having a peaceful season. For many of us, we are already silently awaiting the New Year to slow down and regain our sanity. We can learn from Mary, however, that keeping our focus on Christ changes our perspective and invites peace into our circumstances. Isaiah 33:20 encourages us to “look upon Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved…there the Lord will be our Mighty One…For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king, it is he who will save us.”
As the world began to cave in around Mary, she looked up and worshipped God. As the pace of this season speeds up and you feel as though your world lacks peace, look up, trust God, and worship Him! May we all encounter God’s peace throughout this Christmas season and be quick to remember the final words of Gabriel to Mary: “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).