Most of us have worries. Now that the first snow has fallen, I’m worried about slipping on the ice. I’m also worried about the rates on my car insurance, my upcoming colonoscopy, and the non-stop drip from my bathroom faucet. I’m worried that my grown children don’t eat well.
I’ve memorized all those great passages about worry. Do not worry about your living…Look at the birds of the air…Consider the lilies… These spiritual reflections are lovely, aren’t they? But like so many people, I don’t like the idea of surrender. I like knowing that I can manage my life on my own, thank you very much.
Yet during Advent, I find myself wondering if Mary ever had moments of worry.
After Gabriel announced that she would become the mother of God, Mary traveled to Elizabeth’s hillside home. It can’t have been an easy journey for her. It was about 100 miles of rugged terrain. It would’ve taken Mary about a week to get there, maybe longer. She would’ve had a lot of time to think and maybe even worry about all that lay ahead. Did she ever feel overwhelmed with the role she was about to play in God’s plan of salvation? Did she worry about her relationship with Joseph? Did she ever look up to the heavens and ask, “Who will believe my story?”
It’s impossible to know what Mary’s thoughts were. But when she arrived at Elizabeth’s home, she did something that speaks volumes about her faith. In the presence of her cousin, Mary proclaimed, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior” (Luke 1:46–47).
It’s an image of complete trust and surrender. Though Mary had much to worry about, praise flowed freely from her heart. God was in control.
During this blessed season, Mary beckons each of us to surrender our lives to God. She reminds us to be joyful, even in times of uncertainty. She shows us that the best way to combat worry is to sing a song of praise.
Are you a worrier? Consider the lilies. Consider Mary. And trust in the Lord.