Carols ring out, wish lists are written, and parties are planned.  It is the Christmas season.  As we embark on the last flurried days of this season, a season that is sometimes overtaken with tasks to be completed and events to be attended, perhaps we can take a minute to contemplate the woman who carried the “reason for the season”.  Mary, a young, unwed mother engaged to an upstanding man.  Mary, a teenager, frightened, alone, loved.

The journey to Christmas began with a young, young woman.  In modern day she might be just entering high school.  She is a woman with incredible faith- faith in a God she can’t see; faith that truly walks by sight.   Mary accepts, with no argument, God’s plan for her life.  It isn’t what she wanted.  It isn’t what her fiancée planned.  It is God’s plan and they do not question it.

It is hard to imagine anyone in modern day who would so completely say, “And let it be done to me according to what you have said.”  (Luke 1:38) as Mary did when the angel Gabriel visited her.  2012 may have brought many victories and challenges in your life.   It is easy to give praise in victorious times.  However, how many of us were able to say, “and let it be done to me according to what you have said” in the challenging times?

This year, Walking on Water has been blessed with a real life example of a young man who accepted God’s plan and has learned to live by faith in the challenges of life.  He has exemplified “let it be done to me” and has moved forward even in his challenge.  Derek Rabelo is blind, yet he surfed Pipeline.

Luke 1:37 is a precursor, a promise, to Mary’s acceptance of God’s plan for her life.  “For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”  As Christmas comes, and the New Year dawns may we take hold of this promise.  God knows what is coming or has come in our life.  Yet, he has given a promise:  Nothing is ever impossible.

This Christmas, take time to reflect on young Mary.  Against all odds she rose to be the mother of Jesus.  She gained God’s favor.  She accepted His plan.