“And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” Luke 1:28 ESV
While working on my Bible study the other day I was reading that Mary (Jesus’ mom) was called the “favored one,” by the angel that greeted her to tell her she was going to carry Jesus. I can’t wrap my head around that. The night before last I had a dream that I was pregnant again. That would make three babies and I’m already about to go crazy with the two little ones I have now. I woke up literally nervous that it was some sort of preminission. Alas, it was NOT! No third baby is on the way!
However, I’m trying to put myself in Mary’s sandals. Not even taking into account how old she was when she received this news (most people say between 13-15 years old) the magnitude of being engaged and a virgin and then hearing you are going to conceive God’s Son. Hold up!? I still remember how mind numbing it was to hear I was for sure pregnant with our first child…and we planned that!
Again, I’m trying to wrap my head around it. We take Jesus so lightly in our culture today with all the “Jesus is my homeboy,” junk and to know that you were chosen to bring the Son of God into the world is just crazy to me! Herbert Lockyer says, “The gentle and lowly Mary of Nazareth was the Father’s choice as the mother of His beloved Son, and that she herself was overwhelmed at God’s condescending grace in choosing her is evident from her song of praise in which she magnified Him for regarding her lowly estate, and in exalting her.” Mary did not live in a palace or even a big city, she lived in a poor community known as Nazareth. But God knew she was there. He knew her heart. He knew she could handle what would come later in her first born’s life. He chose her to carry our salvation in her womb. Even still, typing it out, I can’t wrap my head around it. But I suppose that is how it is supposed to be. So hard to grasp that the only way to understand it all is to lean on God’s understanding.
Wait a minute! Hold the phone! That’s it! Mary knew this God she heard stories about. After all, she was a good Jewish girl. She had a relationship with this God she heard about. Granted she was nervous and a little confused but she had faith and hope. Her God knew what he was doing and she trusted Him.
Why was Mary favored? God knew her heart and He knows yours too for better or worse, He knows your heart.