Handmaid of the Lord, 15JUN
Somebody challenged me asking if I’ve had a “life verse” – a scripture that defined my journey or a scripture for what I was trying to achieve in my faith… But I said no, I didn’t have one, it’s not like a prerequisite or Christian “coat of arms” – truthfully and in actuality tons of scriptures irresistibly cling to me – I cling to them too with new devotion each time I hear them… Scripture comes alive as spoken WORD… the WORD is alive in us… There are even those who can’t recite scripture yet feel the love gifted to them and love that is shared thru them… God provides…
But you know, a scripture did show up soon after that conversion – surely no one really said you must find just one scripture forever – I wasn’t looking – but this one fittingly found me:
“I am the handmaid of the Lord.”
Seemingly appropriate and precise fit… From Luke chapter one verse 38, it is seven words of truth, of trust, of seeing once again how God reaffirms our paths directly towards Him…
Yes, verse “I am the handmaid of the Lord” could be ventured to speak of both our desired commitment to Him and our astonishing acknowledgement that we are in the Lord’s plan…
These spoken words are from Mary, in Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus, and are said to have come directly from his interviews of eyewitnesses. Mary acknowledged and trusted the angel’s message from the Lord… Mary got on board with the plan to bear the Son of God, no matter how daunting that could be, because she knew she was a slave to her Master… She was In His service… Came to realize her role as HIS handmaid… A forever servant… We are all forever servants – we are in this world, but not of this world (John 17:16) – we serve here until we are called home – eternal life awaits us and is joyously calling us home.
Of course, it is a blessing to be working for the Lord. We are all blessed and yes, we all really do work for the Lord. Proverbs 16:3-4 reminds us: “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. The Lord has made everything for its purpose – even the wicked for the day of trouble.”
Yes, verse “I am the handmaid of the Lord” could be ventured to speak of a willingness to follow God’s greatest commandment: LOVE. We know we are His… “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “. Matthew 22:37-39.
Yes, this verse “I am the handmaid of the Lord” could also be ventured to speak of acknowledgement of our humanness… We need guidance and we need to accept that we need Him – we are to trust and obey. We need our Lord, crucially need to take His hand and rest in His arms… Psalm 1 speaks to the delight we have following the law of the Lord, meditating on it, day and night… Our humanness defaults us into sinful ways, our master sees and knows, and yet loves us anyway and yearns for us to follow His law. The good news is there’s nothing that can separate us from His LOVE.
Yes, verse “I am the handmaid of the Lord” could be ventured to speak of a woman’s freedom to be herself while inevitably causing her to lose herself in her servitude to Him – to be a woman with willingness to work in the system for the greater good of the system is a blessed existence, even when it is hard and heartbreaking… “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Yes, verse “I am the handmaid of the Lord” could be ventured to speak of a mom’s duties to be entrusted with her children, raising them faithfully to be children of God, nurturing, feeding, and protecting them. Doing everything in her power to serve her immediate family and friends and all of God’s children. To embrace LOVE… LOVE grows even more when given away.
“I am the handmaid of the Lord” truthfully allows us and compels us to extend the needed grace and forgiveness to others that is gifted to us. We are to remember that all children of God are human too.
“I am the handmaid of the Lord” truthfully allows and compels us to lean NOT on our own understanding, but trust the Lord’s plan, especially when we don’t know the plan.
We do not know the plan, but we know we are in it. We serve to love, we know freedom in Him, we feel the LOVE.
“I am the handmaid of the Lord”…. surely, eternally blessed.
Psalm 1 King James Version (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.