The angel shared with Mary, "Fear not, for God has found favor with you."
~ Luke 1:30
As I shared with a group yesterday, the time when both Mary and Elizabeth were expecting was both exciting and frightening.
For both women, it was going to be the first time they had delivered a child. Elizabeth was quite old while Mary was quite young. Spending time together and sharing their thoughts about God's plan at this time in their life surely must have been interesting.
Elizabeth, in her years, watched many children come into the world, and grow up. But for her, this was something she had never experienced before.
Mary, a young girl, the emmaculant conception had to be extremely frightening within itself.
Both learn they are to give birth through messages brought to them by an angel.
While we don't hear of God delivering messages by angels much these days, we can be bearers of the words, "Fear not!" to one another.
Sometimes it's hard to hope for God's clear presence, or actions, in our life. I can remember preparing to graduate from seminary and clearly praying for God to let me know what was next on my journey. Along with every other person I was graduating with, and finding that we all would often be looking at one another while wondering if we felt God leading one way or another.
"I just wish God would provide a map for my life," we would say.
"Or how about a message from an angel, sharing what God's plan is."
We don't always get a map, or the angelic message. That doesn't mean that we are not on God's radar!
It simply means that we may have to wait a little longer.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams is the author of the book, "Remember Me When..." and is a former hospice chaplain and pastor.