Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Luke 1:18-35. Two people had angels appear to them and tell them something impossible was going to happen in their lives, Zacharias and Mary. They both were amazed at what they were told and both asked questions about how it was going to happen, but Zacharias was struck dumb for the way he asked and Mary was blessed! So there must be a ‘right’ way and a ‘wrong’ way to ask God questions! When Zacharias was told his wife was going to bear a son in her old age, he did not believe it was possible. How sad that a man who was supposed to be a spiritual leader could not believe when God made him a great promise. We need to careful not to allow doubt and cynicism to creep into our lives as we get older. It will hinder God’s work in our lives. Now when the young girl, Mary, was told she was going to have a child even though she was a virgin, she just asked if she was supposed to do something to make this happen. She did not doubt that God was going to do what He said; she just was not sure what she was supposed to do. It is all right to be honest and ask God when we don’t understand something, but it is not all right to question whether God is really going to do what He says He is going to do. Is there something God is speaking to you about, if so, are you questioning His ability to do it or are you asking Him what He wants you to do. There is a difference!
She did what she could
Today’s reading is from Mark 14:8 where Jesus said, “She has done what she could.” He was talking about the lady who came and anointed Him with oil. Those who were around her were mad at what she did, because they thought she wasted a lot of money by pouring this oil on Jesus. This oil was apparently worth a lot of money, about a year’s salary for a working man! Jesus though saw it differently and told them to back off! He said, “She did what she could.” She did not even realize that she was anointing Jesus for His burial, she just felt impressed to do it so she did it! Jesus was so impressed by her actions that He said from now on whenever people share the gospel of the Kingdom of God, the story of what this lady did would always be remembered! The opportunities to be special in God’s Kingdom are unlimited. All that is required of each of us is that we do what we can. How do you want to be remembered? Are you doing what you can?