Today’s writing is in response to 2 requests – fiveminutefriday.com, which is what I usually write about on Friday, and this blog post invitation of my friend, Chuck Copps, to write about my favorite Bible character.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is my favorite character. When I was teaching high school mathematics, my life was filled with teenagers. And as I thought about Mary, who herself was merely a teenager when Jesus was born, I instantly thought of my students and where they were in life, knowing that Mary herself was at that same stage.
Imagine the courage she had when she told her parents about her pregnancy. I admire that courage.
Imagine the love she had for Joseph to trust him to care for her here on earth, going on a journey on a donkey when she was 9 months pregnant. I’m not sure I would have done that!
Imagine the faith she had in God to say to that angel, “May it be with me according to your word.” She had blind faith in that she had no idea what would happen next.
Imagine how she must have felt to have people talking about her and Joseph behind their backs. People can be cruel, and since they didn’t know all the details, I’m sure they said bad things about this young couple.
Yet Joseph and Mary trusted that God would provide whatever they needed. May we, in this day and time, also have that trust. That blind trust in respect to tomorrow. We don’t know what lies ahead, but God does.