Sunday, October 18, 2009

Could the worst thing that happens to you actually be the best?


Life is hard.
Sure, it has wonderful seasons, but no one gets through life without periods of difficulty.
Picture this...
A beautiful young girl. Devout. Chaste. Living quietly at home.
She has a boyfriend, who she is crazy about.
But they are playing by the rules.

One night she has a terrifying experience. It scared her thoroughly.

She went away to visit family who lived away from home.

By the time she came back, she was visibly pregnant and her boyfriend was not at all impressed.

Neither were her family or friends.

Would that not be the worst nightmare of a 13 year old girl?

Yet her name is Mary, and she went on to be the mother of Jesus, the Savior of the world. The story is in Luke chapter 1.

Sometimes the worst thing that happens to you can actually be the best!

Blessed Among Women

39 -45Mary didn't waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah's house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly,
You're so blessed among women,
and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
And why am I so blessed that
the mother of my Lord visits me?
The moment the sound of your
greeting entered my ears,
The babe in my womb
skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.
Blessed woman, who believed what God said,
believed every word would come true!
46 -55And Mary said,
I'm bursting with God-news;
I'm dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
I'm the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It's exactly what he promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.
56Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.

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