I know it’s the week after Easter, but I want to talk about Mary. I want to talk about Mary because I believe she is pivotal to how the Easter story came to be; and a beautiful example of the work God does through women.
From Eve to Deborah to Esther, to Mary to Anna to Mary Magdalene to Lydia, God weaves an essential history-altering thread through his daughters. His story & purpose is not fulfilled without women.
God could have easily just dropped the Lord on earth without ever having or needing a mother, but there was something about a mother, something about Mary in particular that God viewed as essential for the growth of his Son. Surely it wasn’t just a loving, caring mother. We can assume that God would have chosen a woman who knew the scriptures as if they were tattooed on her heart. This would have been essential as she would have been the one to impart these scriptures of the Old Testament which he referred to again and again in his ministry on earth. She would be the one who taught him to pray. It’s safe to say that God decided that a woman, a mother, was essential to bringing Jesus into the knowledge he would need to fulfill his purpose on earth.
And did you know, Mary was the one who launched his public ministry? In John 2:1-11 we read that Mary is helping to host a wedding (most Bible scholars believe it would have been for a relative) so she is deeply concerned when they run out of wine. She decides to ask Jesus to fix the problem. This is his first recorded miracle in the Bible and as far as we know, he hadn’t been performing miracles prior to this point, he may have done so at home (we don’t know) but never in public; so why would Mary take this issue to Jesus? Here’s what I think is so fascinating about the people of the Bible – especially those connected to Jesus – while He was clearly the Son of God, he was still Mary’s son, and she was still just his mother. If you have children, or grandchildren, or niece & nephews, or have ever been around children in any capacity, then you know that God has given us something as women that no one else has – we call it intuition. We don’t know how we know when children are not where they’re supposed to be, or doing something they shouldn’t, we just know – it’s our God given intuition.
So back to Mary, why did she decide to bring Jesus into this issue rather than sending some of her other sons to go purchase more wine? Prior to this story taking place Jesus has just been baptized by John and has been building his disciple team. I believe Mary was seeing these things unfolding. She knew who He was, and saw His ultimate role beginning to be played out. So perhaps God whispered to Mary’s heart – “it’s time, it’s time for my son to begin revealing himself to the nations.” And Mary instantly, intuitively knew that she needed to call on her son to provide a miracle.
You would think that the son of God would know when the time was right to perform his first miracle, but Mary wasn’t afraid to speak out in faith of what she knew needed to be done. If it was me, and I knew Jesus was the son God – even as his earthly mother, I’d probably be a bit intimidated to tell him it was time for him to perform a miracle. The more I read about her, the more I begin to think that the image we paint of Mary as a gentle, serene, quiet figure, is all wrong. I think she was chosen because she was a bit of a rebel. In each of her stories, we see her being bold, counter-cultural and most importantly unafraid to act on the things God tells her, regardless of the risk.
His miracle of turning the water into wine launched Him into His ministry here on earth. As He continued His ministry, Mary traveled with Him, supporting Him & His mission. She was essential and pivotal to His story from the day of His birth to the day He died on the cross and the day He rose again.
I am by NO means taking away from the sacrifice that Jesus chose to make. And I am by no means suggesting that the sons of God play an unimportant role. But I AM adamant in the daughters of God understanding that their role is essential. I am adamant that you understand that you are deeply loved!
As I spend time in prayer specifically for the women of God, I picture in my mind our father wrapping his arms around each of you & gripping you tight as he whispers
“Daughter you are loved.”
“Daughter you are loved.”
“Daughter you are loved!”
This Easter month, live loved! Live significant! Live in purpose! You are an essential part of the tapestry He is weaving, a critical thread in the history of His story.
Hi! I'm Dezerai, a woman passionate about living in my purpose, about creating a life on purpose and about challenging you to do the same. I speak, I write, and I hang out with my husky and my handsome husband in the beautiful Napa Valley.