The Upper Room devotional reflection for Sunday, February 20, 2022 comes to us from Bethany M-L Verrett of Virginia
46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
Luke 1:46-55 NIV
“Following in Faith”
Several months after our wedding, my husband felt called into ministry. Pursuing this vocation required a huge shift in our finances and priorities. Every step we took was one of the scariest things that I have ever done. When I met my husband, neither of us knew what God’s plan was for us. In many ways, we still do not know entirely where God will send us. And as someone who loves to plan, trusting in God’s design and accepting that it may not align with mine is scary.
I have found great comfort in Mary’s prayer after she learned from the angel Gabriel that she would be the mother of Christ. She glorifies God and accepts without hesitation the future that has been presented to her. What a great example for us today! Glorifying God in uncertainty and following in obedience into an unknown future becomes easier when I remember Jesus Christ is always with me. Philippians 4:13 reminds me that I can do all things through Christ. Trusting his promises helps me take those steps of faith.
How often have we made plans for the future, and discovered that God seems to have other plans for us? I confess that I am often not as gracious as Mary is in our scripture for today. When the plan for the future becomes less clear, I worry and become anxious. Eventually, when I come to terms with God’s direction, I find peace and security in the path before me. I invite you to recall those moments in your life’s journey when God has redirected your plans. How did you respond?
Dear Lord, thank you for loving us. Please help us to remember Mary’s trust and follow you in faith. Amen.
--Bethany M-L Verrett
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Thought for the Day:
With God, I can walk confidently into the unknown.