I think about Mary. A lot. And especially with it being Easter weekend I think of her more and more. As a mother, I try to imagine what thoughts went through her mind as she experienced God's work first hand time and time again.
No matter the task, no matter what was ahead, no matter what she had just went through Mary was "all in" for God's plan.
She gave of herself, of her family, her own son.
And she was still "all in."
I have often wondered, after the angel appeared to her, did she really know what was going to be asked of her for the rest of her life.
Probably not. But that didn't matter.
Because she was still "all in."
Oh, if I had the "all in", that Mary did.
Her appearances in the Bible are limited so it can be hard to get to know Mary. But what a testimony Mary carried on as a mother, as a wife, as a woman. She was willing to follow through with God's plan for her life no matter what it would cost her and cost her it did. From going through the disgrace as a unwed mother to caring for the Son of God in a day to day manner. She was there when he was born and she was there when He died. Her life had much honor but with it came much suffering.
Am I willing to be "all in" for God's plan? So many times I say I am open to whatever God has in store for me but in the back of my mind I am putting that into a neat little box that looks and feels good and I am limiting what works can be done in my life.
And by doing that, I'm not really "all in." I've got one foot in and one foot out trying to balance myself and hearing myself say, "Here I am God. I will do this, this and this but don't ask me to do that because I can't."
I want to strive to be "all in." God chose Mary because He knew she was "all in" and in it for the long haul.
How many times have I missed out on a call for my own life because I wasn't really "all in."
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us..." - Ephesians 3:20