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I have recently noticed how I keep saying and thinking ‘when that is over, I will have more time, or I will be glad to get this week out of the way.’ there are so many things that I would like to do but can’t find time. Living in the future instead of the present is like becoming blind to what God has called us to now!

Think about Mary for a moment, the angel appeared to her and told her that she would bear a Son, that He would be great – in fact called the Son of the Highest! Not only that but He will reign over the house of Jacob forever! Since she was a virgin she wondered how this could be? But the angel told her the power of the Highest would over shadow her and the Holy One who was to be born was going to be called the Son of God.

Mary responds with:

…Let it be to me according to your word.

She bowed, humbly accepting the the sovereign will of God for her life. Can you imagine what it meant to accept such an awesome undertaking?

He, Almighty God, assigned this amazing task to Mary…

God has assigned you to serve Him right where you are.

He has given us the task of raising lovely yet sometimes rebellious children. The task of shining brightly in the workplace, in the home, in the church, in extended families…

This is where we serve the King. This is where we can say:

Let it be to me as you have said…

Can you find something of God’s Word in the task you have been called to? Can you find compassion to selflessly serve those who are hurting? Can you see the world through the eyes of the Creator? Can you look beyond your own needs and desires for a work that is painful, tiring and hard?

What is God asking of you?

Psalm 143 v 10:

Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.

Uprightness is not found in meagre attempts to appear holy and pious or in speaking theologically but in doing God’s will. ‘Let it be unto me…’ He will lead us there… It may be painful, messy and exhausting but if He leads us, we can be sure that He is there with us.

Mary said yes to the Lord, what has He has called you to? How will you respond?

Shine brightly (wherever you are).