“Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” Luke 2:38
Christmastime is hardly a time one wants to be waiting for CAT scan results and an appointment for a biopsy. Of course one never really wants to experience a crisis of health. But it seemed especially sad at this joyous time of year…or so some of my friends said. Yet as I yielded to the season and decided to enjoy its pleasantries while we waited, I was profoundly blessed.
Years ago I was touched deeply by Mary’s prayer of submission in Luke 2:38. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” Mary faced so much. Her body, her reputation, her upcoming marriage…she was willing to risk them all for the opportunity to bring glory to God by taking part in His plan. Though I didn’t face Mary’s situation, I learned to pray her prayer when I faced difficult circumstances.
Once on a very hot day, on our way to a program to be presented at a local nursing home, I heard a “pop” and “zing” coming from the seat behind me. I opened the violin case and saw it had “exploded” in the heat. Strings and bridge were askew. My teenage daughter was supposed to play that violin in less than an hour. I distinctly remember praying Mary’s prayer, “Lord, be it unto me…” God had mercy and I located a music store owner who put the violin together in record time. The program went on as planned.
But my problems now were far, far bigger than popped violin strings. My husband was told he probably had cancer. Suddenly our Christmas festivities changed. But as I prayed “Lord, be it unto me according to thy word [or will]” God moved in beautiful ways. What a blessed Christmas we experienced as God answered prayers! First our daughter and son-in-law surprised us by flying home from Alberta, Canada. I prayed our other daughter would have her soon-expected baby while her sister was here. Only hours after Joseph and Lori’s arrival, our daughter LaNell gave birth to our third grandchild in the early hours of Christmas Day! What a wonderful time we had together as a family enjoying our special Christmas present from God!
An added blessing of a snow storm at the airport extended Joseph and Lori’s stay so they were able to be present for John’s anointing service and enjoy another day in our home. My faith stretched heavenward as I felt my Mighty God care about the details of our lives.