And Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord. -Luke 1:45
So Mary, a young teenage girl, is engaged to a carpenter. Like all “good” girls of the time, she was a virgin. And we know that a woman’s marriageable worth, at the time, lay in her lineage and her virginity. Out of nowhere, this angel comes along and declares that God has seen her faith and she’s going to bear the savior of the world. And according to Luke, everything sort of goes swimmingly — Elizabeth’s child leaps in the womb, blessings and faith are happily professed, Mary says a lot of profound things …
Just one question, what happened to the rest of the story? I imagine Mary, who was said to be “perplexed” had a great deal more than that going on in her young head. How many teenagers find life an easy and simple ride to begin with. Add a vision, an out of wedlock pregnancy, a strained relationship with her fiancé and a forced journey to the mix and you more than likely had one freaked out teenager. And how exactly did the talk with her family go, “well, mom and dad, there was this angel, and …”
It’s complicated – like our lives are complicated, and yet we’re told there was great faith. Somehow in all of this, she stood strong.
Perhaps faith happened in one swift moment as the text implies. But I’m guessing it actually took time to deal with all those intense feelings — fear, joy, anxiety, anticipation — time to sort through the complications and time before she gave this tangle over to God. I wonder if her faith came to her, as faith comes to so many of us, because she believed that only God could make sense of this great upheaval and radical change in her life. It had to be a tough and emotional journey. And here’s what I think about this untold part of the story. The idea of struggle makes her faith all the more beautiful, all the more “blessed,” because it makes it understandable.
– Dorothy Smith, Senior High Youth Leader