As a woman of God Mary would have known this scripture from the Old Testament: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV. Words like this must have sustained her through some pretty rough circumstances in her pregnancy and life.
We've read the ending and know Mary was blessed, but when you see all she went through it doesn’t really seem that way. Followers of Christ are blessed too; but, sometimes Satan uses our circumstances to convince us we are not.
Satan tried to convince the blessed virgin that she was anything but even as she carried God in her womb.
But God WAS with her as He IS with us. The symbolism of God being in us as He was in Mary should not be overlooked. All too often, however, we let circumstances dictate our faith and thankfulness for the blessings that are right before our eyes.
We tend to go to the well, receive the gift of living water but continue to think that because everything in our life is not the way we want it to be that God has not heard us.
When we bemoan our situation we need only to look at Mary. Mary’s faith makes it seem that she, too, had read how the story turned out. It’s like she knew the ending.
Despite all she had working against her, faith sustained her. She carried it with her.
We have that promise, too. Mary’s ending is our ending because the endings are all the same. God’s promises are always fulfilled.
Ultimately, the question is, when you’re troubled do you carry God with you or you take the discouragements and doubts offered up by Satan and allow them to overshadow your thankfulness? Revelation 7:17 NIV begins: “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water” so it was when Mary went to the well.
And keep reading? “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’” Revelation 7:17 NIV
He did so for Mary.
And maybe not in the way we envision it, but He will do the same for us.
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