By Kaitlin Chappell Rogers
Do you believe that only one woman’s “Yes” can change the world? Let me reintroduce you to a woman who did just that.
How One Woman’s “Yes” Changed the World
Imagine being young and married, wondering what your next call from God will be, only to find out it’s to carry the Savior of the world inside your body.
I don’t know about you, but I’d be floored.
Mary was a wife and a woman willing to do whatever God asked of her. She answered Yes to this call, and it changed the world.
I usually give God backlash when he asks me to keep my mouth shut about my husband’s dirty underwear missing the hamper again, so an ask as big as Mary’s would shake me up for certain.
The Christmas story holds power because of Who it’s about, and every move Mary made pointed straight to Jesus.
The Risk of Mary’s “Yes”
Mary risked ridicule because she knew redemption for all mankind was at stake.
“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’” Then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:38 NIV)
The fear of man did not stop Mary from desiring God’s Word to be fulfilled in her.
Mary knew she had a mission and that, with God, she could overcome obstacles and give birth to the One who held our freedom.
Our Mission: Say Yes to God
As wives and mothers and friends, we can read the Christmas story and feel all the warm fuzzies. Or we can also see Mary’s sacrifice and let it spur us on in our own lives.
The day Jesus was born is not just a tale to be told — it’s a miracle to behold.
Because Mary said yes, because Joseph stayed by her side, and because God gave them strength, the plan of salvation prevailed.
Our “yes” answers to God hold healing power. The way our husbands love us keeps us going. And the way God shows up in our weaknesses is what brings life into dark, cold nights.
What is God asking you to say yes to that scares you? How can you take a step toward His call?
Wife Step: Pray about which call God wants you to say Yes to this week.
Kaitlin is a wife, author, speaker, and coach who loves words, good coffee, and traveling to new cities. Her favorite places include airports, hotel rooms, and bookstores. Kaitlin and her husband Caleb live in Huntsville, AL and serve at Church of the Highlands. She never meets a stranger and is a sucker for brunch dates. She hopes everyone who meets her sees Jesus in her eyes and feels a little lighter when they leave her presence. You can say hi to Kaitlin on social media at @kaitlinchappellrogers on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, @kchaprogers on Twitter, or on her website at kaitlinchappellrogers.com!