God spoke to an ordinary teenager named Mary. (Contrary to paintings, she didn’t have a permanent halo.)
What a surprising message He had for her. “You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and you will call him Jesus.”
That was so long ago. Does God still speak to people?
Yes. And He doesn’t confine His messages to words.
God never stops speaking. Twenty-four hours a day, every day, He communicates with ordinary people because He’s a personal God with a personal message.
Who is listening?
Mary listened. She didn’t argue with God or hold a meeting with her friends to get consensus on whether or not it was really Him speaking to her. The message she received was delivered by an angel and the message was so unbelievable that if she had polled her friends they would’ve been unanimous in their agreement that the angel’s message definitely wasn’t from God.
What should we do when God speaks? Mary responded with this: ‘I am the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.’
Often we ignore God because we’re afraid to look foolish.
Better to be foolish for God than to be thought wise by men.
Usually, listening to God doesn’t make us look foolish but it can cost us time, money or some sacrifice.
This idea planted itself in my mind. Open your home to your neighbours and invite them to come for a Bible study. I was new in town. I didn’t know my neighbours. I had two pre-schoolers. The idea wouldn’t leave. I told the only friend I had in the neighbourhood about it. She was thrilled and urged me to do it. I supplied the home and the teaching. She brought in the people. Together, we were a team. Out of that home Bible study came many exciting God-stories and friendships.
Is God talking to you?
This Christmas season, read the nativity story in Matthew and Luke with fresh eyes. See Mary and all the others involved, not as saints and icons, but as ordinary people like you and me because that’s what they were.
Rose McCormick Brandon’s books are available at her website, Writing from the Heart.