And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Mary truly inspires me with these words; being so young yet so devoted to God’s will; wanting to serve God no matter what He had in store for her; trusting in God’s plan even though she didn’t fully understand what it all meant. How I want to be like Mary!

I turn 40 this year and have been a Christian for almost 18 years now. You would think at this point that I would be so mature in my faith that it would be so easy for me to consider myself the bondslave of the Lord. But, it’s not. At least here lately, it’s been a tremendous struggle.

There’s so many things I can point to that have contributed to it — chronic fatigue, depression, that side of me that wants to make since of everything — but at the end of the day, I realize it ultimately has everything to do with whether I fully trust God. It is in this that I have been lacking, but not any more. Mary has encouraged me to put my fight back on and trust in my Lord.

I may be quite a bit older than Mary, but I am still young and devoted to God’s will. I want to serve Him no matter what He has in store for me. I will trust His plan even though I don’t fully understand what it all means. I am a bondslave like Mary! May it be done to me according to God’s plan and may you, dear reader, be inspired by the words of Mary to proclaim the same.

Trustworthy God, You have proven Yourself to be a glorious and mighty God. You know my strength, You know my weaknesses, and You know what I need to live faithfully devoted to You. Forgive me that I have been lacking in my trust of You. I commit myself this day to be Your bondslave. I will serve You no matter what You have in store for me and even when I don’t fully understand Your plan. Thank you for Mary who has inspired me to fight once again and to place all my trust in You. Amen.

Truth in love,

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