12/24/13: Pregnancy Takes Over

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Pregnancy changes the course of everything a woman does. First, her physical body reacts to the fertilization of her egg and its implantation into her uterine wall. The balance of hormones is radically altered, sometimes causing morning sickness. She stops having her monthly cycle, probably administers an at-home pregnancy test, and when the stick indicates “positive,” she could begin to spread the news that she’s pregnant. Soon her body begins to change in noticeable ways and she starts visiting a special doctor regularly. She wears different clothes; adjusts her eating habits; and religiously ingests her prenatal vitamins, vegetables, and milk. Especially as the child begins to grow and move in her womb, the mother’s thoughts turn to all things “baby.” Plans for the nursery, leave-of-absence from work, and a baby shower all swirl around in the mother’s mind. Is it a boy or a girl? What shall be the name? Am I ready for this child? The pre-born infant essentially takes over that mother’s life.

Consider Mary’s thoughts. Her body changed with her pregnancy as women’s do today, but she had much weightier issues to consider.

  • Mary had no need for a pregnancy test. She knew exactly when and how she became pregnant, and was told the baby’s gender and name. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus… The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you… Luke 1:31 and 35 (NKJ).
  • I don’t think there were prenatal vitamins back then, but I’m sure Mary was careful while she was pregnant. However, she had the word of the angel that her pregnancy would successfully come to term because Gabriel had told her that the “Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” How does one mother the Son of God?
  • At 14-years-old, and being a woman in those days, Mary probably didn’t have to worry about taking a leave-of-absence from her job, but there was undoubtedly a scandal surrounding this pregnancy. Since she and Joseph were espoused and had not yet consummated their marriage, her pregnancy was considered premarital, and a pregnancy out of wedlock would have meant her being stoned.

 

Surely, this amazing pregnancy took over this young virgin’s life. The questions stand today: is Jesus alive in us? Are we excited about the reality of His life being implanted into ours? Have we begun to make the changes His life in us promotes? Do we feel Him moving?

By the power of the Holy Ghost, the life of Jesus indwells us today. On this Christmas Eve, say as Mary said, “Be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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~ by sanewriter on December 24, 2013.

One Response to “12/24/13: Pregnancy Takes Over”

  1. Pregnant with greatness.

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