There’s Something About Mary – Part One

Shortly after receiving my driver’s license, I heard Amy Grant’s recording of “Breath of Heaven” for the first time. It is sung from Mary’s perspective as she carries the Savior in her womb.

I remember listening to an interview on the radio where Amy Grant said that Mary was probably around fourteen years old when she became pregnant with Jesus.

At the time, I thought, “That can’t be right. The mother of Jesus? Fourteen years old? No way.”

I couldn’t imagine it. I was barely sixteen myself.

However, as I’ve gotten older and studied a bit more, I’ve come to learn this is most likely true. In ancient Hebrew culture, fourteen was the typical age for parents to give their daughters in marriage.

Frightening, I know.

I am now the mother of a teenage daughter, who has recently received her own driver’s license.

Frightening, I know.

I try to picture Mary – counting down the days until she gives birth to the Messiah.

Then I see my daughter – counting down the days until she sees the new “Twilight” movie.

Frightening, I know.

A number of years ago, another movie came out called, “There’s Something about Mary.” It’s a silly comedy starring Cameron Diaz as “Mary,” a nice girl who loves everyone around her. In the movie, Mary is portrayed as intelligent, compassionate, and, of course, beautiful. But there is something else about Mary – something mysterious, something special – that the other characters in the movie can never quite figure out.

Likewise, there must have been something about this other Mary, when two thousand years ago, God chose her to take center stage in a humble scene that would change all of history.

Of all the women throughout all of history, why did God choose Mary, a simple girl, to bear his Son, the long-awaited Messiah?

Most of us would probably consider Mary too young for such a task. Yet, God must have seen something nobody else could see – something there, inside her heart, before the angel Gabriel, or Jesus, ever interrupted her life.

As of this weekend, the season of Advent has officially begun, a time of expectant preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth.

During Advent, I will look at the one person’s life who literally expected the birth of Jesus, the Breath of Heaven. I understand that some religious traditions have perhaps tried to elevate Mary to a certain status of divinity; however, my purpose is to neither elevate a human nor spar with other traditions.

I simply want to examine Mary’s life – as it is presented in Scripture – to discover what we might learn from her life, because clearly, there was something about Mary.

To be continued . . .

(This is a seven-part series, and I will post every Monday-Wednesday-Friday until its completion. I hope you come back to join us as we celebrate Advent.)

What qualities do you believe Mary possessed that made God look to her to carry His Son?

15 thoughts on “There’s Something About Mary – Part One

  1. I'm hooked. There really is something about Mary. Well, the one who gave birth to Jesus. What a wonderful series to do. I can't wait to read the rest. I'm being refocused and realigned already.

    Thank You Denise. If I could just hug you right now.

  2. Whenever I have looked at Mary's life, I have always been struck by her humble and complete trust in God. She didn't doubt like Zacharias did, earlier in Luke 1. She surrendered to God's will for her life without having all the answers…I still struggle to do this…now, at my, way beyond teenage years. God saw her beautiful heart is my guess for why He picked her.

    Thank you for writing about Mary.

  3. Brilliant! I am so looking forward to the next post. You always make me look at things in a different way and if I am a little lost, I can always call in for inspiration.
    I have never yet left your Blog without better than when I arrived.
    Blessings and prayers,

  4. Meredith: I think about Mary from a different perspective now that I'm a mom too.

    This Gal: I probably thought about Mary more during the Christmas seasons when I was pregnant than any other Christmas season.

    Amy: Yes, she did have an amazing faith. We'll look at her faith more closely over the next few days.

    Stacey: That is a great question to ask ourselves: “How would the angel greet me?”

    Amy: You are so right. God sees something inside each of us, and He has called each of us to a particular task.

    Stephanie: I'm so glad!

    Renee: The Magnificat is an amazing testiment of faith, especially considering that it probably came from a 14-year-old girl!

  5. I love Mary's words of praise. Amazing to think they came from a 14-yr-old girl! Great post! . . . I'm also an English teacher–at a small Christian high school–and I love to read. I'm glad I stumbled across your blog tonight. Blessings!

  6. I'll be curious to see the rest of this series. There is something about Mary that really captures our hearts and minds. And yet, it seems to me that she is amazing precisely because of God's purpose in her life and it gets me to thinking about the amazing things God does with other lives. We aren't the ones called to carry God's Son, but it does make me wonder sometimes what God sees in me and what He would want to use me for someday.

  7. Great idea for Advent! 🙂

    As I was reading last night, I thought about “you have found favor” – in God's eyes.

    She was puzzled by this. And wondered, “What a greeting this is?”

    And I wonder, how would the angel greet me?

    Thanks for linking up!

  8. The miracle of it all just blows me away. Oh, to have the kind of faith she had when she knew how things would appear. May we all be like her. Luke 1:38 “Behold the maidservant of the Lord … let it be to me as you have said.” Love this post!

  9. I love this! I can't wait to read the rest of this series!!
    Mary (especially considering all of the things that you mentioned) has always astounded me. Especially now that I am a parent…

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