Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Now what, God?

Mary awakens. Her newborn, wrapped in rags and lying in a crude straw filled bed, beckons her. Tired from traveling and birthing she had little time to ponder the night’s events—the angelic fanfare and surprise visits from burly shepherds. Busy with all the mundane tasks like feedings and swaddling changes, Mary might have thought, “Now what, God?”
Not the life you’d imagine for the mother of God’s son, but just as she was chosen for her faithfulness and servant heart, Mary remained loyal to God’s teaching, even in the midst of the everyday.

After eight day, she and Joseph, took [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to offer him to God as commanded in God’s Law: ‘Every male who opens the womb shall be a holy offering to God,’ and also to sacrifice the ‘pair of doves or two young pigeons’ prescribed in God’s Law,” (Luke 2: 22-24 The Message).

This imagery of Mary’s obedience, offering and sacrifice sets and example for our own lives as we ponder all God may have prophesied over our lives.  

Each January 1st we awaken to a new birth of sorts that holds endless possibilities, but soon enough, we get stuck in all the striving and the failures that we lose sight of what God’s trying to accomplish. We might even catch ourselves asking, “Now what, God?”**
**Wondering how this all ends up? Hop over to {re}fresh and find out.


  1. Love your perspective on this, Dawn... "Do what Mary did and make your life a living sacrifice."

    I so hope that is what I do daily, especially in those "Now what, God?" moments.

    Thanks a bajillion for stopping by the Everyday Jesus link up. Hope to see you back next week. Blessings to you sister!

    1. Sharita,
      As always, you are such a blessing to so many, but especially to this heart of mine! May God richly bless you as you continue living for Him at 7 Days Time.