You have got to be kidding? I can imagine that behind the question “How can this be?” we could hear several different emotions.
1) It is not physically possible? I have not yet “known a man!” How can God do this? Girls talk to each other. I know what is necessary for me to carry a child and it has not happened! I can’t believe this. (Do I hear the music to the “Twilight Zone?”)
2) Who in the world will believe this? I am supposed to tell everyone I know that I am having God’s baby? Sure I am going to be married to Joseph, but I am not yet and believe me people can count! The numbers will not add up! I will be the laughing stock and brunt of all the whispers in
Nazareth! (I hope the hospital ward will have soft
sheets and pink straight jackets)
3) Oh well, I can handle that but what will Joseph think. I love him and want to be married to him and have a family with him. He will make such a great father. How can he believe the child I will carry will be the blessing of God and that I have not been unfaithful to him? He will have every right to publicly humiliate me and put me aside and I will be one of the homeless in our town. (I never did think the
Highway overpass looked inviting and homelike)
4) Why me? Who am I that the Holy One of Israel would choose me to do this thing. I am just a meager child. Yes, I have done my best to keep myself pure and I try to obey all the commandments of Moses but so do many of my friends. There are people much more deserving than me. Would it not be better if God chose one of King Herod’s daughters? Surely they would be able to provide all the pomp that the Lord of Host would need. (I have never even won a raffle or door prize at the school parties)
Anyone of these are believable and we would not fault Mary if she were here today and confessed to having all four. But that is the part of the story that we can so easily understand because we have given those excuses many times to deflect the call of God on our lives. But that is not the end of the story. Mary’s final word was “(deciding in her heart) Here I am, the Lord’s humble servant. As you have said, let it be done to me.” (Luke 1:38 The Voice) To paraphrase we might say that Mary looked at the angel with eyes of great determination and resolve and said “bring it on, lets do this thing!”
We admire the faith of the founding fathers, the leadership and myopic vision of a Moses, the military prowess of a David and the dedication of a Daniel. But let us not forget the calm resolve of a Mary who faced the greatest miracle of them all. God becoming man and the part that God wanted her to play in it.