• Vanessa Clark

Just Say Yes

Now that Thanksgiving has reminded us to be grateful and the turkey has stuffed us in

return, Christmas season arrives joyfully at our doorsteps. There's garland on lamp posts, colorful lights decorate our homes, and a small panic sets in for those of us

delaying our gift shopping. Standing boldly behind the commercialism of Christmas is a story of suffering and sacrifice. A story about Mary, who was chosen to carry the Son of God, and Joseph who was chosen to bear the responsibility of raising Him.

Oh, to be called!

The angel Gabriel arrives to give young Mary the news of her calling; a teenage girl called to birth the Prince of Peace. Can you imagine the insecurities flooding into her mind? We often do just that when God calls us to our purpose, we come up with a million reasons why someone else could do a better job. We proclaim His love over us and live in the certainty that we are God's chosen people, but when the season shifts a new dawn arrives, we have trouble believing we are worthy. Luke 1:28 And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" Notice that the angel Gabriel doesn’t give Mary her task right away, instead he assures her that she’s in good standing with God and blessed. God knows the pressures of our purpose but He’s always there to reassure us of His plan.

Oh, the impossible!

So let's just come right out and say it, "A pregnant virgin!" Never mind faith, it's even scientifically contrary to reason! It disrupts the knowledge of what we know to be true but, again we see how the love of God defies logic and human reasoning to bring the possible to our lives. He married Mary to keep her from the judgment of the law. Joseph missed his honeymoon, became a fugitive after King Herod's decree and, had to provide for a family on a carpenter's salary. It was an impossible ordeal on the shoulders of an honorable man. Far-fetched as it seems to take on God's assignments we should be honored that He would grace us with the opportunity to see His power at work in our lives. He is the God of the impossible!

Oh, to be obedient!

This Christmas season will call for stuffing stockings and joyful family feasts, but in the glow of our Christmas tree lights let's remember the heavy "yes" that birthed this holiday. Two young people were called to an impossible journey and carried the weight of ushering our Savior into the world and it started with a "yes". Mary and Joseph made room for God in their lives just as Jesus tells us to do in Matthew 22:37 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." They made themselves available to God and changed history! Our "yes" to God, no matter what the cost, can change the world! Just. Say. Yes!

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