There are times when I re-read something I have written and tears slip down my cheeks. I am in awe of God. That He would allow me to write words that someone else might read and actually be inspired or build hope or reach for a dream—reminds me that–I am “highly favored” and He is with me.
He is with YOU TOO!
Luke 1:28 (NIV)
The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Picture this: You are propped up on a narrow bed with pillows lifting your head and your feet snuggled firmly under your great-grandmother’s heavy, crocheted blanket. Spicy hot tea steams from a thin china cup beside you and visions of sugarplums dance in your head as you are drawing the words “my wedding day” in swirly letters across the top of a crispy page of parchment.
This is really happening. You have seen the ketubah (marriage contract) signed by the required two witnesses. A flowing canopy of the finest silk snaps in the breeze around you and visions of your beloved bring a slow smile to your face. You can almost hear the breaking glass and shouts of “Mazel tov” which will be the very first sounds confirming your soon coming transition from child to woman.
A mix of fear and excitement causes a shutter to travel from your toes to your head.
Suddenly, you are snatched from your sweet daydream by the deep melodic voice of a very large man who is standing above you dressed in the unrecognizable garments of a warrior. Something inside prompts you to run, but something deeper urges you to stillness.
The strange giant slowly raises his arm in a gesture of peace and speaks, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
The parchment holding the childlike drawings of your dreams floats to the floor as you fall to your knees and the sound of breaking glass rings up from the teacup as it crashes to the floor and makes you a woman.
Honestly, I cannot personally imagine any words that could get a heart any more UNSTUCK than the words that Mary heard that fate-filled day.
To me, these words spoken by an Angel of the Lord, an Angel who stands in God’s very living and Holy presence, shatter my heart.
“YOU are highly Favored.”
“The Lord is with you.”
Would it not be the highest imaginable honor?
So now let’s reflect on some VERY good, UNSTUCK, news?
This is God’s Holy Word.
This Word is for YOU!
This Word is for ME!
We, my friend, are highly favored!
God is with us!
YES! YES! YES!
Write it on your hand, write it on a mirror, email to a friend! Instagram it! Dance to it. Cry to it. OWN IT!!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are mine and I am yours. You are my eternal Bridegroom and I am your beloved Bride. I am waiting for you and you are waiting for me. Unspoiled. Unbroken. Pure and forgiven. Fill me with your sweet presence today and I will be forever changed. Amen.
Where do you see Him working today?