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“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.’ ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’” (Luke 1:26-28,31,34 NIV)

As I was going about my daily chores, God spoke the seed of an idea into my mind very clearly. What He was asking me to do, would change the course of my life, if I made the choice to trust and obey. I did, and it did.

The Bible does not tell us what Mary was doing when the angel Gabriel came to her. But there is no reason for us to believe that she was doing anything more than going about her routine chores just like the rest of us do on a daily basis.

That visitation to Mary and what she did about it however, not only changed the course of her life, but that of the whole worlds.

God had holy work for Mary to do. He also has holy work for each one of us to accomplish. Mary was just an ordinary girl. We too are just ordinary people. But when God desires to plant a seed of direction within any of us it has the power to produce extraordinary results.

The crux of the matter is, whether like Mary, we too will be open and willing servants and embrace that which He is asking us to do, believing that with Him, all things are possible.

So today as we go about our daily chores, may each us be prepared for an encounter with God for He is able to meet us at any time and in any place. And when He does may we be prepared to embrace through trust and obedience, the holy seed of the work that He desires to implant within our hearts and minds.

Prayer: Lord God, may our hearts be open to be Your willing servants, to move forward with Your holy work within this world as You encounter us amidst our daily chores and routines. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Lynne Phipps
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada