Christians have long debated about the exact significance of Mary, but virtually all believers agrees that a) she played a remarkable role in the unfolding plan of God’s redemption, and b) her faith is inspiring and worth emulating. When we understand more about Mary’s unique context and the implications surrounding the angel’s announcement to her in Luke 1, the more this reality jumps through the pages. How was Mary able to respond with such obedient surrender to the will of God? And what does it look like for us to cultivate that same posture in our own lives?
“If we can’t say ‘thy will be done’ from the bottom of our hearts, we will never know any peace. We will feel compelled to try to control people and control our environment and make things the way we believe they ought to be. Yet to control life like this is beyond our abilities, and we will just dash ourselves upon the rocks.” – Tim Keller