Radical Trust

By Debi Grenseman

When the angel Gabriel gave Mary the news that she had been
chosen by God to be the mother of the Messiah, she at first was surprised and
troubled. Not at all an unexpected reaction. But when Mary heard the angel say,
“For with God nothing will be impossible,” Mary’s reply was “Behold, the
maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:37,
Mary agreed with the angel, recognizing God’s sovereignty
and absolute power. Indeed, she humbled herself to the Lord’s will. She said,
in essence, I am available; You, Lord, are able. In doing so, Mary acknowledged
that God always follows through and does what He promises. 
Because Mary put herself at the Lord’s disposal, she was
someone He could use to work through, in His good purpose, to accomplish the
impossible. This was not because she was able but because of her radical trust
in the word of the living and true God.
Mary responded as she did, though, not only because she
recognized the Lord is able but also because she knew that He is merciful,
loving, and good. And all His works are good. Mary said, “For He who is mighty
has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy (compassion and kindness—AMP) is on
those who fear Him…” (Luke 1:49-50 NKJ) She knew that she could trust Him and
she could rejoice in this work she would be part of, just as the angel had told
her. (Luke 1:28)
Just like Mary, each of us has been called by God to humble
ourselves to His will and to acknowledge Him as the sovereign Lord. All He asks
of us is our availability, our willingness to be at His disposal, as Mary was.
When we bow to His will, His desires, for our lives, He will work through us to
accomplish the impossible.
We mothers have been chosen to pray for children and those
who influence them. Every prayer matters. Every prayer makes a difference.
Mary responded to God’s call and God fulfilled His word to
her over and above what she could imagine. Her words and her life publicly
declared the greatness of her God who is able.
One day we will all join with her in praising the Lord
together with every creature, giving glory to the One who sits upon the throne
forever and ever.
And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”
Luke 1:46-55 NKJ

Debi has been in Moms in Prayer since 1992. She began as
a leader and has been a coordinator  for 20 years – most recently serving as Washington State Coordinator since 2007. She says, “Words can
hardly express what it has meant to know other moms uphold my children with me
before the Throne of the Living God. Nor can they express how the Lord has
revealed His heart to me through this ministry.”

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