Delight: Our Plan vs. God's Plan - A Tiny Traveler

Delight: Our Plan vs. God's Plan

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Hello friends! We hope that you've enjoyed your first full week of December and all those holiday preparations! We both were able to get our Christmas trees up + decorated and a little bit of Christmas shopping done too.

We are so excited to bring to you the first post of the Advent season devotionals for Delight. Today we're going to be talking about God's plan vs. our plan and what we can learn from the Christmas story in regards to the topic. We're going to start in Luke 1. (This devotional is written by Natalie with closing thoughts by Kimberly, and next week we'll switch!)

Luke 1:27 tells us of how Mary (a virgin) was engaged to marry Joseph. There isn't much detail about how they got engaged, if it was an arranged marriage or not, how long they had known each other, etc. but when we look back to that day and age and the customs, most assume that there was some sort of tradition + parental interference involved. All we know is that Mary is a virgin and she + Joseph are about to get hitched.

Both Kimberly and I recently got married so we can tell you from experience that an engagement is both a wonderfully exciting time and also a somewhat stressful time. I can't even begin to imagine how it must feel leading up to the wedding if you're in an arranged marriage or if Joseph and Mary barely knew one another. They both probably felt a lot of anxiety and stress! So on top of these assumed feelings, Mary now finds out that she is about to become pregnant. Without having sex. From the miracle of the Holy Spirit. With the SON OF GOD! Wow.

Luke 1:29-37 says, "Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail."
First of all, an angel?!? That's wild. I am surprised that Mary had such an easy conversation. I would be stuttering and shaking and think I was imagining things. God chose this ordinary girl to carry His son who would bring salvation to the world. It only makes sense that Mary would ask "how" when the angel told her the news. I mean, sometimes God has a plan and it makes sense. Of course a + b = c. But this was a whole new equation. Mary was a virgin and in these years, let's just say that people weren't as tolerant of those who conceived out of wedlock. Not at all. What would Joseph say? What would he do? What would her family think? Would she be cast out from her town or even killed for breaking such a law? But get this. Mary responds in the most unbelievable way!
Luke 1:38, "Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her."
That was not her plan. That was not her choice. She simply obeyed God because she loved Him, she respected Him, and she knew that God's plan is always better. Even when we don't understand. Even when our lives are potentially on the line! She knew that she had to obey, and she does so in such a humble manner, too! I think we could all learn a thing or two from Mary. I know I can. If I were in this situation, I would be asking why. I would sit down and try to figure it all out, in fear of what people would say or do. I would be overcome with worry, and that's the brutal truth. My first reaction would not be to accept the facts and then later praise God for it. I would be terrified of losing my fiancé and my family. Yet here we see Mary, sweet + humble Mary, accepting God's plan without complaint or disrespect. Props to you, girl!

Closing thoughts with Kimberly:
Basically, it's super awesome how well Mary reacted to this news. Could you imagine finding out something as crazy as carrying the Son of God? She was accepting of the news and trusted that God had a plan and knew what was best. I think that in light of the greatest miracle, we could learn to accept the plan that God has for each of us instead of constantly worrying or trying to do things our own way. Yes, there are things we don't understand. Yes, there are times when we don't want to obey because we think we know best, but look how Mary's obedience turned out! As you enter in the Christmas season, remember the importance to follow God's call on your life and humbly accept the plan He has for you. After all, the Creator of the Universe probably knows best!

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