January 2023 – Mary, the Angel, and Holy Spirit – Then and Now
Even though Christmas Eve has passed, my heart is still pondering about Mary when the angel appeared before her and told her of the birth of Jesus. Christmas Eve is the most special day of the year to me. There is just something quiet and sweet.
Thoughts of my trip to Israel return to the day when we visited the place where the angel appeared before Mary. It is a very holy place. While there, I sensed Holy Spirit saying to me, “Won’t you let me make something beautiful out of your life too?” I was reassured and encouraged, and I have never forgotten it. That was in 1992. Last November one of our pastors had a very similar word and encouraged me to read the account in the Bible. That was a confirmation to me.
Yes, I want you to make something beautiful out of my life Lord. Sometimes I don’t feel like my life is very special or beautiful. But I know that when God says something, it comes to pass. Maybe not in my time, but it will. And yes, He has made something very beautiful out of my life. Even when I am in trying and uncomfortable places, I can rest assured that He will come thru. I think on those things.
This is a new year and across the centuries, Holy Spirit still asks us “Won’t you let me make something beautiful out of your life.” Just as He asked Mary so long ago, he’s still near today. A simple “yes” will make it real in His time.
Lord, I trust you to make something beautiful out of my life. Even when I don’t see it right away, I know you are faithful to accomplish that which you planned and purposed. I will remember your promise.
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