Becoming a parent changed everything in my life. I remember the moment I found out we were having a child. We were at a restaurant and I sat down at the table living in one reality, but left in another. Everything changed in the blink of an eye with a few simple words.
Mary had one of those moments, but it didn’t come from a pregnancy test or doctor’s visit. Rather, the angel Gabriel appeared to her and brought the good news. Mary was to be a mother. And not just any mother—she was to be the mother of God.
She went from fiancée to expectant mother in the blink of an eye. Everything had changed. She probably knew she’d have children some day, but not for a while yet. After all, she still needed to be wed. But suddenly this great responsibility was laid upon her, and her only response was to acknowledge that she was a servant of the Lord:
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38a
Today we celebrate the work of moms everywhere. Some are moms to biological kids, others to adopted. Some serve as moms to a friend’s child or a classroom full of kids. It’s an awesome—and sometimes terrifying!—endeavor.
But they don’t do it alone. God sends His Spirit to guide and direct mothers. He encourages them when they are feeling ineffectual or inadequate for the task before them. They are truly servants of the Lord, caring for the special gifts that God has given them, relying on His strength to accomplish one of the greatest responsibilities ever: raising His kids to be servants of the Lord!