The emotions of being a brand new mother. Excitement and fear all rolled up together. It’s all you can think about for nine months. Your body is changing. Your heart is changing. Your life – it’s changing. As emotional as this is for a normal woman, I can’t help but think about the added emotions that Mary experienced while carrying her first baby – a King named Jesus.
First, the shock of a surprise pregnancy. I’m sure she felt some shame because she wasn’t married – and you know – judgmental people. I’m sure she battled self worth. Like really, God. Me? I know she wrestled the what if’s and the how’s. Couple that with exhaustion and a slim bank account and you have a situation that merits a complete meltdown.
But then the baby comes. He wraps His tiny hand around Mary’s finger. He slowly opens and closes His eyes. He lets out a soft cry. And Mary looks at her baby boy for the very first time. This baby boy that will save the world. That’s her boy. The pride. The love. The fear. The overwhelming peace.
And Mary knows. She knows that this baby is destined to change the world. She knows He will love, teach, preach, and lead.
She knows. This child is God. He is Jesus. This child – her child – He is her everything. He is OUR everything.
The emotions stay because she’s a mom. The fear comes and goes because she is human; however, her faith in God and the future that He holds outweighs every other emotion. Because – she knows.
“28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.”
“She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.”