When I was a kid, my mother went through a phase where she was “into” jig saw puzzles. She would purchase a puzzle and spread the pieces face up on the table. Then, she would prop the box up across the workspace which displayed the picture that the puzzle was to make. Working those puzzles was hard, but at least there was a picture that let us know what the finished product would look like. We eventually finished every one. For a grade school boy, there was a sense of satisfaction that came when I got to put the last piece in place.
When God’s announcement came to Mary via the angel Gabriel, she, without doubt, must have felt a bit overwhelmed. So many questions that were unanswered. So many details that were not outlined. So many missing pieces to the puzzle. And no box propped up on the other side of the workspace, so to speak.
It’s at this point that Mary is at her finest. Her response to the angelic proclamation was simply, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true” (Luke 1:38, NLT). Wow. What an example! Mary demonstrates humility, obedience, and faith.
What would your life look like if you adopted that kind of attitude toward God’s will for your life?