Be a Space for God to Dwell Inside
Luke 1: 26-38
When Mary found out she was pregnant, I am sure she felt emotions we are all used to. Confusion, shock, and maybe a little excitement come to mind when reading this scripture. Before we skip to Mary’s awesome response in the end, let’s look at how she is greeted.
Mary is greeted with such favor. Don’t we all desire affirmation that people like us? Well Mary got the best affirmation-she is highly favored by the Lord. Mary might feel confused by this greeting because as humans we get uncomfortable with compliments. Haven’t you ever been like “thanks for the compliment but what do you want/need from me?” We often have this response to the people in our daily lives because we don’t expect them to respond with love and simple affirmation.
The angel drops a bomb to Mary when he tells her that she will not only is with child but the baby will be the Lord’s. Mary never seems to get nervous or have the human reaction that we would assume to happen. She asks how it is possible and when the angel explains to her that the Holy Mary’s response to the Angel is something we can learn from. She simply opens her hands and becomes a space for the Lord to dwell. “I am the Lord’s servant” is easy for us to hear and say but can be hard to act out every day. Every day strive to be letting God into your body and dwell inside. Once He is inside, he will fill you with grace and love that is more powerful than anything else in this world.
Application: Take 10 minutes today. Give five minutes to yourself. Find a space of stillness and silence just with God. Then give the second five minutes to someone else, and let that person fill all your attention. Invite God and His love to indwell you today.
Prayer: Father, allow me to filled with you. Make my body a place filled with your grace and love. Take hold of my unseen stress. Take hold of my unseen worries. Take hold of my life so I can be your servant. Amen.