Have you responded to God?
By Latisha Biggs

And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, blessed art thou among
women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the
voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my
womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed, for there shall be a
performance of those things which were told her from the Lord..
- Luke 4:42-25

Have you ever said "yes" to God for what you believed was the
assignment of a lifetime? When you said "yes" did you know
you would never be the same again? I love the story of Mary,
young, sweet, innocent Mary who accepted the assignment
of her lifetime. I can only imagine what she was thinking
when the angel Gabriel announced she would give birth to
the Son of the Most High. Mary was also given details of
how this son would be conceived. Without hesitation her
response to this assignment of a lifetime was, "Behold
the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to
thy word" (Luke 1:38). Mary did what most women do
when something big happens, she ran to tell a friend.

I wonder if she ran out of fear or excitement about what
she had just experienced. Perhaps she ran to hide until
she could understand the situation. Or maybe she
needed to hear that from a friend that everything was
going to be all right. She rushed to Zechariah and Elizabeth's
house and when she arrived at their home, her cousin Elizabeth's
words confirmed that Mary indeed had been chosen to give birth
to the long awaited Messiah. This was Mary's moment. All that
she believed of what the angel had spoken was affirmed.

Has something like this ever happened to you?
Has the Lord spoke to you through His Word and prayer
and in your spirit you sensed Him telling you something that
seemed outrageous?
Has He asked you to say "yes" to an assignment that would
change your life forever?
You walked around bewildered for a couple days, wondering
if you really heard right. You replayed it over and over in your
mind of what God was telling you. Then out of the blue you
received confirmation. God used a pastor, scripture, song,
friend, family member, or a situation to confirm the word He
spoke to your heart.

If so, like Mary, have you responded to God with a praise?

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