Mary was troubled - Luke 1:29
Mary was afraid - Luke 1:30
Mary was confused - Luke 1:34
Of course, all of this is completely understandable. How else could she respond to this angelic news? Any of us would have been troubled, afraid, and confused.
Sometimes we get the impression that God can only use people who are trouble-free.... that God is looking for someone without issues. Mary was troubled. You don’t have to be an emotional rock. Mary was afraid. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Mary did not have all the spiritual answers. Isn’t it interesting that at the first glimpse we are given of Mary, she is troubled, fearful, and confused … but still a recipient of grace?
Ultimately, if Mary had anything going for her at all, it was simply this: She had a willingness to let God be Lord in her life. As a recipient of God’s grace in the midst of her trouble, fear, and ignorance, she was open to God’s leadership even though she did not understand it, even though she was fearful, even though at times she was still troubled. Her words at the end of that encounter make a wonderful life prayer: "I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said." Luke 1:34