Matthew 6:34 —- Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
We often tend to worry about our future – worries such as how I am going to live from now on, what should I do, what should I wear, what I should do to make money, and how should I live. We who are still young are apt to worry about the rest of our lives because we do not understand that God helps us and we may not have experienced that God leads their way. Of course, it is only natural that we worry since we are human.
But we have a perfect example in Mother Mary who did not worry but totally relied on God. When Mary accepted God’s plan to bear the Son of God, she did not worry or ask the Angel how she would convince Joseph or the authorities in the church, or her parents. She could have been stoned to death but she did not worry. Mary was willing to surrender her whole life to God.
Mary wonders before the mystery which Angel Gabriel has opened to her. She does not assume or judge or calculate or worry about consequences and implications. She listens and waits, unencumbered by assumptions, judgments, calculations and worries. Mary does not know what will follow her conversation with Gabriel; she stands before the mystery to see what will unfold.
Could it be that part of responding to this challenge is the simple ability to wonder, before we ask our questions and do our analyses, before we formulate our answers and design our responses? In our prayer, in our relationships with God and others, do we function with a recipe? Do our assumptions and images of prayer, God and others determine the answers, even before all the questions are asked? And if the answers do not fit those assumptions and images, do we dismiss them? Wonder tends not to ask, “What if I’m wrong?” but, “What if there is more than I presently assume or know?”, “What if there is another way?”
Mary had the ability to live with wonder and thus God was able to work wonders in her life. It will be no different for us if we are people of the mystery. We may find that we are willing to ask, “How can this be?” before we conclude “This simply isn’t possible!”
Mother Mary knew God and put Him first in every area of her life. She had continuous fellowship with so she had the assurance that He was a good God and only good things could come from Him.
Mary is a woman who believes. Her faith rests firmly on the promise of God. Mary could have said, “No, this is too much; I can’t deal with this. How would I explain this?” Gabriel neither pressures Mary to accept what is being communicated nor offers a convenient solution for whatever difficulties might emerge. God’s, will is announced; Mary is free to respond. Mary’s faith invites whatever God asks of her
In our spiritual journey, the challenge is to pray and to live “Let it be done to me as you have said.”
Faith calls us to trust that God will remain present and faithful in everything, marking our lives with confidence and courage. It provides confidence for moving forward in life, knowing that God is present and active. Faith does not need verifiable proofs, only a heart open to God. Faith also gives us the courage to live without fear. It does not need a definite map of the future, only a willingness to accept the challenges which confront us in our everyday tasks and responsibilities.
Faith is like Wi-Fi, it is invisible but it has the power to connect you to what you need.