Show Me Your Strength

Written By Jen

I really do want to see how strong you are!  That sounds fun!  Isn’t that why we love the amazing race, the biggest looser, the voice, I even like P90X videos.  Show me your strength.  Show me what you can persevere through.  Show me joy that comes from trial.  I want to see you work and really I want to see what work accomplishes.  Show me your strength.  Let me see your character as you work.  What role does forgiveness  mercy, grace, perseverance and sweat play in your accomplishments.  Can I trust you?  Would I follow you?  Who are you?  I want to watch your story.  How do those stories change us or do they?  When I see others who have lost tons of weight do a work out, I think, surely I can get through this hour if they can.  How does the strength of another give us the courage and the strength to take another step?  It’s pretty powerful.  I admire leadership that leads others to somethings better.  There are a whole bunch of leaders out there who are leading people nowhere or dragging people down.  What good is that?  What kind of stories do you follow?  What kind of leaders influence you?  What kind of everyday peeps impact your life?  Relating back to the Christmas story, Mary had been following some stories. Mary knew who her God was.  She knew His character, she had been watching His strength as it was seen through generations before her.

Joy is an amazing gift!  Sometimes it comes from sorrow or is coupled oddly with anguish, like in child-birth.  It is interesting to me how sometimes I can grieve and yet be so thankful for the one I am grieving for the love we shared that I also feel joy.  Mary is in awe here.  She and Elizabeth are simultaneously experiencing the unbelievable.   Mary responds with praise and thanks to God.  She KNEW who God was.  She knew who He said he was to Abraham.  She knew his promises.  She believed him.  She knew His Strength.  Check out her response to God.  I put it here in the Message version because I fell in love with it.  I really want to highlight and bold all my favorite parts for you, but maybe you can find your own.  Here’s what she said to God.

46-55 And Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.

 

I told you I fell in love with this translation of Mary’s response.  I could see God a bit through her eyes and I could see why she believed, why she followed, the strength she admired and the God whose name is above all other names!  The following are a few of my thoughts as correlated with the verses as I read!  All I have to say is Hallelujah.

Is giving Mary and Elizabeth children showing His strength?  Part of His story?  Part of His trial?

Is HIS holy name set apart from all others a glimpse of His strength? (Thank you that Your name is not like any other name!)

How does His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him show His strength?  (Wash over me.)

When He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts did He not win our love? (Isn’t this the hero in every movie we love?)

He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. (Admirable indeed.  No one is beyond His reach.)

He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.  (He knows and loves His people.)
It’s exactly what he promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.  (He is caring forth a plan.  A redemption plan.  A hero, in a movie we love.  Hold onto your seats, the Word is becoming flesh and about to dwell among us, Immanuel, God with us.  Mary, Elizabeth, Zachariah, Joseph and the whole world is in for a wild ride.  The  hero is about to shake things up.)

 

 

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