This morning I was reading about that famous incident when Gabrielle shows up to a very young Mary and announces that she's going to have a baby (who is going to be the son of The Most High and who will save the world, BTW.)
Gabrielle has big, amazing, lofty, heavenly things to say about the baby:
*He's going to be the Most High's son.
*He's going to be given (by God) the throne of his ancestor, David.
*He's going to reign over the House of Jacob FOREVER, (as in, his kingdom will never end.)
This is a big job description for a baby.
What I loved, as I read this morning, was Mary's response.
First of all, when the angel greets her as one who is "highly favored" by God, Mary is troubled. I love this humility. The girl is thinking, "Me? Not likely. I KNOW me."
Then, after the big description of awesomeness that will surround this baby, Mary has a simple question.
"How will this be," she asks. "I'm a virgin."
God's messenger has just given her a hugely heavenly message. It is weighted with historic significance and supernatural ramifications. This is BIG news.
But Mary has this one plain and down to earth question: "How am I going to get pregnant?"
Sometimes I feel unspiritual because, in the midst of great heavenly leadings, I have dull, practical, party-pooper kinds of questions. Things like, "How would we do that with our limited number of people on this team?" Or, "When would that really fit into our schedule?"
I don't mean to rain on any supernatural idea. I just want to know how we walk it out. I liked Mary's question because it showed me that it's ok to be a wondering girl like me. And the angel didn't rebuke her for wondering, he just explained.
"Well, alright then," she says after getting her answer. "Let's do this thing."