I don’t recall what came after the “so” because my mind got stuck on what came before it. The yes-to-God part. Though I’d never thought of Mary’s obedience quite like that, it was true.
Some months ago I wrote a blog about our mom being quick to say yes to us and every other kid she knew, wanting to make life fun and happy. But today I thought of Mary saying yes to God as having taken it one step further.
The results of her nod to God’s requests have been many: attending endless committee meetings, struggling through speaking gigs, participating in panel discussions, mentoring young moms, entertaining hundreds of guests, loaning out her car, keeping company overnight, teaching Bible studies, tutoring inner-city children, having the neighborhood’s “funnest” home, and much more.
Saying yes to God dictates saying no to lots of other things, monitoring every commitment with eternity’s values in view. But Mary has done that for decades, and the most impressive part is that she didn’t waver when God asked her to say yes to cancer.
We may think she didn’t have an option, since cancer came without her knowledge. A yes-or-no decision wasn’t required. But in response to learning about it, she could have lashed out in anger against God, or been consumed with self-pity, or become jealous of others who don’t have cancer, or said “Why me?” Instead she’s handled her diagnosis with grace, managing her fears and doubts by leaning harder into Scripture’s promises and working to take them at face value.
My many blog posts about Mary might be thought of as adding pressure to her already high-pressure health situation. But because it’s Mary, I know it won’t. Long ago she willingly took on the role of being a good example; and it began way back… the minute she got me as a younger sister.
My greatest hope is that I’ll be looking up to her example of saying yes to God for many years to come.
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:10)
Mary’s prayer requests:
- That in the next 11 days before surgery her body will absorb food better so she can gain the weight she lost
- For assurance from God daily that he is close to her and caring for her
- That she will be cautiously optimistic and simultaneously realistic in her expectations