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Perspectives: Mary

By BARBARA LAMAN

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45

Mary, mother of Jesus, has been on my mind lately. The above scripture highlights one of her favorable qualities: she believed. Mary was human like the rest of us when the angel Gabriel told her, “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High (Luke 1:31-32).

How remarkable for Mary to believe what God was telling her through Gabriel. She had a question that any woman would have, “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34). Despite all her human thoughts that would naturally go towards disbelief, Mary committed in her heart to believe and she is considered blessed for it.

I find Mary’s relentless, steadfast ability to believe inspiring along with these next notable qualities that serve as excellent examples for us. Mary had unshakable confidence in God. She didn’t demand to know the details, for she responded by stating, “I am the Lord’s servant”, […] “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Mary had to walk by faith not by sight in more than one occasion to say the least. She accepted God’s word unconditionally and had the purest, simple trust in Him. Mary’s legacy shows us that it’s possible to walk the path that lies before us knowing he will never leave us nor forsake us.

There are countless promises that God conveys in his Word. The challenge at times is believing that the Lord will fulfill his promises in our lives. My thoughts on Mary lately are, how did she do it? Parenting is challenging enough, but to add the Son of God to your plate? That took it to a level that’s never been repeated. Yet, Mary believed. Her legacy of unshakable faith, trust and belief is what the Word encourages us to do:

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58);

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

Mary is one of many women in the Bible that encourages us to keep the faith; today I wanted to showcase Mary because she finished well. Let’s finish well!

Barbara Laman is a children’s ministries & Celebrate Recovery leader who formerly attended Lighthouse Church of God and currently attends Glacier Valley Church of God.

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Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.