One of my favorite Christmas songs has always been “Mary did you know?” I love Mary’s heart. Her willingness to serve God could have cost her everything. Her family, her fiance, her name, maybe even her life during that period in time. She still said yes. I have to wonder did she really truly know what she was saying yes to?
I think the reason I have grown to love this song so much is because it makes Mary relate-able. Being the mother of God, who can relate to that?! Being a mother and loving my children, well that I know. Holding a precious baby in my arms, heart swelling with love. What a precious gift to be given! She nursed him in the wee hours of the night, bathed him, saw his first smile and heard his first coos. She held out her arms and rejoiced when he took his first steps. There were sleepless nights, teething, and dirty diapers. Some days maybe she felt like any other mother with a little one. Tired! Did she ruffle his hair and kiss a skinned up knee? Then, he’d wrapped those little arms around her, she smiled, feeling like her heart would burst with love for her little boy. Making all those long nights and hard days so worth it!
It’s funny how you can hear something time and time again and then one day it’s like you’re hearing it for the first time. Recently I read the account of Jesus being presented at the temple as a child (found in Luke 2:22-35). It’s like these words jumped off the page.
Luke 2:33-and his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.
Mary, no doubt knew her sweet boy was special. I mean He was the son of God! Yet, She still marveled at these things. I can’t even imagine what was going through her mind!
Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also)…
Then, in the very next breath, hearing that her heart, her mama heart, would be broken. It would hurt way down in her soul. Mary would one day have to see her son suffering and while she knows the reason, it will still hurt. She would look on that cross and see him, and it would hurt. See him through the eyes that only she could, through the eyes of a mother. How my heart breaks for hers when I read this! Even knowing the heartache she would endure, I’m sure she wouldn’t have traded it for anything. The special bond between a child and his mother. One that can’t simply be explained. How awesome that God would choose her to be His mama. She was right were she needed to be.
It must have felt so overwhelming at times. To know she was chosen to be the mother of her Savior. But God in his infinite wisdom knows. He puts us all right where we need to be. There are days where I feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of motherhood, we have so much to teach them, so little time. A great responsibility He has entrusted us with. In those times I am often humbly reminded that ultimately they are His. In his infinite wisdom He chose me to be their mama. For that, I will be forever thankful. Humbled. Blessed. I am right where we need to be.
So as to the question: Mary did you know? No, I don’t think she truly understood what she was being asked. Yet she said yes to God. She let her faith guide her. What a great reminder that while we don’t know all the answers or truly understand what God is asking us. Even if it may be soul piercing hard, He knows. He knows the end. Whatever it is that God is asking of you in this season of life… Step out in faith, say yes.