We heard an amazing message at church yesterday! Pastor Joe Champion (Celebration Church, Georgetown, TX) began a series called Expectations. Since the Christmas season is upon us, he used Mary as an example of how human expectations don't always come to be, but something even better can happen.
Think about. Mary EXPECTED a wedding. She EXPECTED to have children with Joseph someday. She had EXPECTATIONS on how she would be viewed by her neighbors and family. She EXPECTED a normal, ordinary life. None of those expectations came to be because God had a different plan.
How did Mary handle the UNexpected?
Did she moan and groan? Complain to God that she had things worked out and didn't need Him interfering? Did she get angry and bitter?
Luke 1:38 gives her reply.
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said."
Her number one priority wasn't Mary. It wasn't Joseph. It wasn't what people would think.
It was being God's servant.
May we all learn the lesson about expectations that Mary so humbly taught us.