Day 23: Mary Did You Know

by Dec 23, 2020Christmas 2020, Devotional, Songs of Christmas

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?

Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?

When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

My family is one-of-a-kind for many reasons.  Just one of those reasons is our tendency during most family road trips to pass the miles scream-singing. In case this is a new concept for you, scream-singing is exactly what it sounds like: screaming out the lyrics to songs at a near frightening decibel. One song in particular really brings my family up in volume: “Mary Did You Know.”

This song has moved me since the first time I heard it as a child. I don’t know if it is the way that it grows in power with every verse, or the crazy four-part harmonies, but something about this song has always made it feel more powerful than other classic Christmas songs to me.

Mary was an incredible servant to God – she was so obedient although her situation must have been terrifying. She trusted in His plan, even having no idea what His plan would look like. Did she know that her Son would walk on water? Did she know that her own baby boy would be her Savior?

God has a habit of blessing us bigger than we could have ever imagined. This is apparent in the son He delivered to Mary, and I think this song speaks to my heart because there have been times when I question why God is putting me through a difficult time and asking me to be obedient. But always after these tough periods (and sometimes during) I see the fruit of the struggle. I see God do things that I never imagined He would do, and each time, there is an epiphany, a moment where it all suddenly makes sense. I am positive that is what Mary experienced as well.

 The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again.

The Lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the Lamb

Mary was the vessel who was chosen by God to carry the Lord Most High into this world. God saw Mary, He knew Mary, and He gave her a purpose accordingly. Similarly, He sees us, He knows us, and He gives us a purpose too.

And especially in the times when we are not sure what exactly the purpose is, we know, just like Mary did, that we can remain faithful in His awesome power.


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