This past Sunday our message for Mother's Day was "Life Lesson's Learned From The World's Greatest Mom." We were talking about Mary the Mother of Jesus.
There are four life lessons we can learn from Mary.
- She stayed connected to her purpose
- She stayed connected to healthy relationships
- She stayed connected to the bigger picture
- She stayed connected to God
I want to focus on one of these life lessons; Mary STAYS CONNECTED TO THE BIGGER PICTURE.
We all have a SNAPSHOT of what our life is going to be like. What our marriage will be like. What our children will be like. What our career will be like.
But what happens when the SNAPSHOT doesn't turn out like we expect it to? Read what Gabriel tells Mary.
Luke 1:31-33 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. HE WILL BE GREAT, and WILL BE CALLED THE SON OF THE HIGHEST; and THE LORD WILL GIVE HIM THE THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID. And HE WILL REIGN OVER THE HOUSE OF JACOB FOREVER!
Now that is a SNAPSHOT! What parent wouldn't want to hear that about their child?
But that snapshot came crashing down the day Mary was looking up at her Son as He hung on the cross. I'm sure there were thoughts that rose to Mary's mind. "This really wasn't what I signed up for. This really isn't anything like I thought it would be. This isn't what Gabriel said was going to happen."
For me, there was a season in my life where I had a SNAPSHOT of a situation I was facing. I had scriptures and people shared their dreams in reference to my situation. It all lined up with my SNAPSHOT!
I'm sure Joseph (the Old Testament Joseph) had a SNAPSHOT for his life. He had God given dreams, but his path to that dream seemed to be hindered by his very own brothers. When Joseph's purpose was ultimately fulfilled he makes this statement in Genesis 50:20.
"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today."
Has your SNAPSHOT been broken? Is your marriage in shambles? Did your kids not end up like you thought they would? Did life not turn out anything like you thought it would?
During this difficult season, I did well on three out of the four lessons learned from the "World's Greatest Mom."
- God's purpose time and time again helped me to persevere through the storm.
- Healthy relationships kept me strong.
- And boy did I stay connected to God!
I worshipped during that season like I've never worshipped before. I found myself coming out of worship strong and grounded. I would go right back into the storm and whenever I would find myself wrecked I would head back into worship. I wasn't seeking His hand; I was seeking His face. There were worship songs I would play over and over and over. There were moments when it seemed time was standing still. I found myself doing nothing, but adoring God.
All I can say is if your SNAPSHOT is broken worship...worship...worship...worship...worship!
Even though I was seeking God in an intentional manner, I struggled with connecting to the BIG PICTURE. My SNAPSHOT got in the way of seeing the BIG PICTURE. When your SNAPSHOT doesn't turn out the way you expected you have more questions than answers. Let me say that God welcomes your questions, but let's look at this quote from John Maxwell's book, Wisdom From Women in the Bible, "Your hope must far outweigh your questions."
Every God given purpose comes with it's own set of impossibilities! Paul's purpose was not only to open the door to Gentiles receiving Christ, but to stand before Caesar. He went through multiple impossibilities that would keep him from his purpose: shipwrecks, snakebites, floggings, being left for dead and even betrayed by his own people. Life was filled with negative turns.
As Gabriel said to Mary, "Nothing is impossible with God." All you have to do is ask Mary, Joseph, Paul, Moses or anyone else to whom God has given purpose.
The most difficult thing to do when your SNAPSHOT is broken into pieces is to trust God for the outcome. I leave you with this word of encouragement if your SNAPSHOT is broken.
MY GOD IS SO BIG, SO STRONG AND SO MIGHTY, THERE'S NOTHING MY GOD WILL NOT DO FOR YOU!
Nothing is impossible with God! He redeems. He restores. He renews.
Note: The premise of this message came from a book by John Maxwell titled, Wisdom from Women in the Bible, but the heart behind it came from my own life experiences.