DAY 354 OF 365 IN 2021


Luke 1:28, 29 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

The greeting that reached the ears of Mary was one that prompted her to sit up because she was troubled. Instead of the usual ‘Hello or Hi Mary’ she might have been used to, she was greeted in the words ‘Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you‘; and this warranted a pause and a query ‘why these words? ‘

What it took to calm Mary down so the conversation could move further were the words of reassurance which  the Angel Gabriel’s offered ‘do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favour with God’

A similar story is presented about Gideon in the book of judges who upon hearing the words ‘the Lord is with you mighty man of valour’, (Judges 6:12) went into a state of utter disbelief and shock.

Both Gideon and Mary were wondering what had warranted these unusual salutations and if indeed their messengers were certain they had communicated their messages to the right recipients.

Sometimes, when God finds a place for us, a place that seems too good to fit into our current narrative, like Gideon and Mary we wonder and think that perhaps, an error has occurred and the intended target has been missed. But this is far from the real picture because God does not miss his targets, nor does He get His bearings wrong.

God knows exactly who He needs to reach and so He will take His time for us to come round to the point of realising that ‘no errors have been made, you are the one I have come for’.


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