The Power of a Shared Testimony, Part 1
This past Mother’s Day, I heard three life-changing messages. (Now, I’m not an “official mom” to anyone, so finding a Mother’s Day message I want to share is no small thing.) One was from an inspiring woman of faith and mother of three, Esther Hawkins, who shares hers below. Esther is from England, so I hope you can hear her delightful British accent while you read. 🙂
Since I became a mother, I have often wondered about Mary’s experience of being a mother. When I first discovered I was pregnant I was, quite frankly, terrified. I cannot imagine adding to that the pressures that Mary was under; unmarried teenager and the fact that she was being given the mammoth task of raising Jesus. I’m sure that that she was more than a little intimidated.
Luke 1 gives us a lot of insight into Mary, I mean, what kind of woman do you have to be to be chosen to be the mother of the Son of God? But it also reveals a Kingdom principal that can take us out of the place of feeling stuck in our spiritual walk, and into new dimensions of breakthrough. Let’s take a look.
The first dynamic of the event in which Mary discovers that she is about to become the mother of Jesus, is an angelic visitation. This wasn’t just any old angel either, this was the big one, the archangel Gabriel himself. Can you picture it? There’s Mary alone at home, just minding her own business and getting on with her chores and in walks Gabriel. Wow, that’s a ‘mouth hitting floor’ kind of experience. So, there he is an all his angel-like brightness and he says to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Now that’s quite the affirmation, especially coming directly via angel from the throne of God. Mary’s response is intriguing.
Luke 1:29, “Mary was greatly troubled at his works and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.”
Interesting. Let’s just recap for a second. Big angel walks into your room unannounced. Big angel gives you a wonderful message from God. This is a good thing and yet Mary is “troubled at his words”. It strikes me that the only reason that a person would be troubled by such an affirmation is if they were struggling with some issues of insecurity.
Then, in verse 30, Gabriel says, “Do not be afraid Mary.” Now under the circumstances I think that fear on some level would be a reasonable response, or perhaps awe would be more apt. Either way, the encounter exposed two things; Mary was a woman who was fearful and insecure.
Can you relate? Me too, and I am a bit relieved. Relieved that God knew how Mary would respond in advance and still chose her. She was not overlooked because she lacked faith or self-confidence. Stay tuned for Part 2 & 3 of the Power of Testimony. I promise, it’s worth the wait. Until then, ask God to remind you how someone’s testimony moved you to greater faith that He is Who He says He is.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.