A secret to joy is found in Mary’s resignation. “Rejoice,” the angel told Mary when he gave her the “good news”; but, instead she was “troubled”. She was troubled perhaps because she was young, inexperienced in child-bearing or child-rearing, and she was unmarried. Later she would rejoice and say to Elizabeth (who was miraculously carrying John), “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” What brought the transition between being troubled and being joyful? I believe it was when she stated, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” It was her resignation to the will of God, His plans and purposes, which brought her joy.
To resign means to give up a position, a role; or, you might say, it means to quit. Mary had a choice to keep her position as the sovereign of her own life or allow God to be Sovereign. Mary resigned and took the “lesser” role of being a servant, yielding herself to a plan she could neither comprehend nor accomplish in herself. We don’t know when it happened – the conception – but it might have been when she said, “Let it be to me…”
Rejoice in God, the Savior, this season and on into the New Year by yielding to God, the Sovereign. His will is not really hard, it is impossible. But that is why God is with us.
Prayer: Father, forgive me for running from Your will in doubt and fear. I yield and rejoice in the seed of Your Word, in the wisdom of Your Ways and in the goodness of Your Will.
Michael Cooper, Director of Spirituality
Clinton County Care and Rehabilitation Center