Mary, young girl that she was, knew who she was. She was a servant of the Lord. She was God’s child. Stasi Eldredge writes the following excerpts in her book becoming myself (from pages 184-185).
“God chose her. He chose her to bring the Savior of the world to the world just as God has chosen us to bring the Savior of the world to our world. Mary said, ‘You know best!'”
Wow! We are chosen like Mary was chosen! WHAT A CRAZY THOUGHT! Mary trusted God with her whole self…with her very life! It was a huge risk for her to obey. Do we obey God like that? Do we bring the Savior of the world to our world? What do we risk? Do we tell God that we believe that He knows best?
“Because we belong to God we can rest in knowing his promises to us are true and he is faithful. It’s not a question of if he is going to move on our behalf but how he will.”
Now folks…. I must stop again right here and let you know that I read these words this morning. I wrote a blog post yesterday that talked about God romancing us…wooing us…pursuing us by showering us with His perfect gifts. And then I read this today. Talk about confirmation. I LOVE when God does this:)
Stasi says, “It isn’t even a question of if he is going to continue pursuing and wooing us deeper into his heart filled with affection for us but if we will recognize him…There are no ifs with God. The only ifs relate to us. If we trust him. If we believe him. If we ask him. If we continue to ask him. How God loves his people to ask him in faith – pressing in, continuing to ask no matter how long it takes, believing that he will come through for us…really, what’s too difficult for God?…The angel Gabriel said, ‘For with God nothing will be impossible.’ (Luke 1:37)
Aaaahhh. Be still my heart. I am a romantic. I love the scene in Shrek with the song “I need a Hero!” We all need a hero. This is a funny take on the Shrek song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iovcnjuf2WU
God is a Romantic too. He loves Love.
“The miraculous is not a strange thing to God. The miraculous is his normal…this is his realm. He speaks to us. He leads us. He heals us…He moves through us with power, revealing his glory. God has come. God will come. God loves to come.”
Will we recognize Him? When He is doing what only He can do to get our attention. Are we paying attention? Are we amazed at His Peacock Display? His Bouquets? His Lullaby Love-Songs? His Caress? His Slake of our unquenchable thirst? The Quell of our hunger that can not be satisfied with bread alone? His colors…stars…humor….
Are we amazed at anything? Are we humbled? Grateful for anything? Lately, on a good day, I am amazed at everything…humbled by everything and so grateful that my heart fills like it might explode with thankfulness.
The final thing that I want to share from Stasi’s book today is this: “God likes rescuing his people. He enjoys coming through in dramatic ways.” Our lives are not that much different from the lives of the people in the Bible. People are basically the same. The problems are still the same. And again and again in the Bible we hear stories of lives that were desperate and that rescue seemed impossible. But He did it then and He does it now. I know it. I am a witness. We all need a hero…and we have One.
“I am asking him now to come for our hearts, to come for our thirst, and I am not going to ask how he can come but expect that he will.” Stasi Eldredge.
Will you ask Him to be your Hero? To be your Woo-er and your Pursuer? What a beautiful Love. What a beautiful Life! Expect him.