Embracing The Unexpected

Brent Young, Associate Pastor of Students & Outreach
Embracing the unexpected. Life is full of surprises, both welcomed and unwelcomed. It’s easy for us to trust and praise God when these are what we are hoping for, like Elizabeth finally and miraculously becoming pregnant in her old age. She is easily able to thank God for taking away “my disgrace among the people”, not to mention the devastating pains that accompanies infertility that so many women face. But what about times when we are not hoping for the surprise that comes our way? Like Mary being told that she would also become pregnant, but in her case as an unmarried virgin. The confusing and significantly troubling results were many from within as well as all around her. But God chose Mary for a reason, and although she wasn’t perfect by any means, she was extremely faithful to God.
Mary’s end reaction to the angel Gabriel’s shocking news was demonstrative of this faith, as she said “I am the Lord’s servant”, or more accurately “slave”. She trusted God and knew that this must be part of His plan. She may have recalled Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” Or she understood the powerful words that her baby would be the ‘Son of God”, the one and only prophesied Messiah that the Holy Spirit would miraculously have her conceive. Or she was comforted by the words of Gabriel “For no word from God will ever fail.”
We can all remember her humble example of faith when unwelcomed unexpected things happen.