God is active, alive and moving.
I am humbled. Again. In the midst of walking through the storm with a young girl, I call Mary.
God reminds me He is the one in control. Not me. Not Mary. Not the court system. Not even the judge.
He is in control and He is leading the path, creating the direction. He will not lead us astray. He will not misguide us. He will not lie or cheat. God is faithful, even when we feel He is silent. God is active, alive and moving! God is God.
I have been walking with Mary who has found herself behind bars, pregnant, alone and facing the consequences of her actions.
I have realized there was once a Mary in the Bible, who also held precious cargo.
Mary carries Jesus.
Mary, in the Bible is beautiful for she is the one who carried Jesus in her belly for 9 months and nurtured Him until He was born. Mary is beautiful for she walked the path God had for her, even when it was painful, against society and she was isolated.
Mary behind bars, pregnant and alone.
Mary found herself behind bars because she was caught doing something she was not supposed to be doing. It was illegal. It was harmful. And she could have caused harm to herself or her unborn child.
When she was brought to the Detention Center that was when she discovered she carried a child. She was carrying a baby.
The surprise. The joy. The devastation.
Thinking, how could I? What have I gotten myself into? Should I try to end this life?
Feeling, I’m a mess. I’m not worthy of this assignment.
Mary is visited by an angel.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, probably felt inadequate.
Mary was greatly troubled at his (the angel) words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name of Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (Luke 1:29-32)
Mary questions how this can be with the impossibility, since she had never been alone with Joseph.
Mary’s heart is evident when she declares she is the Lord’s servant. And He delivers her to Elizabeth, who is also pregnant and can understand her predicament. The angel was sent to reassure her. Mary was not alone. God walked alongside her and never abandoned her. Mary was carrying the Messiah. The Savior. The one who saves.
We all need a Savior.
Mary needs saving. She needs a Savior. She has contemplated her own decisions, her actions and her past choices. She is left alone. Her feelings of abandonment cannot be more prevalent as she sits secluded.
Mary, you are not alone. You have come to Me here, in a place that appears bleak. I have been waiting for you. I’ve been calling your name for so long, yet you turn your ear away. Your heart has turned cold to Me.
I’ve been waiting for you to trust Me. I’ve been waiting for you to turn away from what is destroying you to find life in Me. Can you trust me Mary? Can you trust Me with your life? Can you trust Me with your unborn life inside of you? Can you trust Me with your future, your life?
Is your choice life or death?
Mary had a choice when she knew she was pregnant with the Messiah. Mary had a choice to defend herself in the light of harsh criticism. Mary had a choice to say no to God and turn her back to Him. But she didn’t. She chose life for her baby and we all have the choice to choose life in Him.
Mary has chosen life for her unborn child, who has found safety behind closed doors, locks and bolts, and isolation at night. She knows God is here in her midst, even during a time of turmoil and pain and uncertainty.
What is your choice today? What is before you that you need to decide to do today?
Both Marys’ made a choice, to follow God. They chose the difficult path. They chose to follow Him in the uncertainty in their lives. In the doubtful whispers surrounding them. In the insurmountable circumstances. They chose trust. Will you choose trust?
Each of us has a choice. We may not all be in a difficult circumstance as the Mary in the Bible and the Mary behind bars. They chose life. For their unborn babies and for themselves.
Will you choose life for yourself?
It may look scary. The road may be totally unknown to you and you’re not sure you want to travel down that road. But I assure you, it is worth it. Why? Because God walks it with you, right by your side.
My (Mary) soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of his servant, From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me-holy is His name. His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation. (Luke 1:46-50)