Wednesday, December 29, 2010

His Name is Jesus!

"And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb" (Luke 2:21, ESV).

I wonder what Mary had always dreamed about naming her first child? Was it Adam or Moses? Maybe Harry or Paul (maybe not)? The angel of Lord told her to call His name Jesus, and she did. She gave her plans to the Lord, even though they were not her plans.

During the past few weeks, I have been able to catch up with many younger family members and their friends. All of them have dreams. All of them have plans on what they will do in life. It has been great to listen and encourage each one. As I encouraged, I hope I have communicated that God's plan trumps our own plans.

Sometimes God speaks in a whisper, sometimes He shouts it from the rooftops. Sometimes He speaks through friends and family, and sometimes He is known through quiet reflections on His Word. No matter what He is saying you...listen. Stop. Do what He says. Change your plan to His plan. You may not see or understand it, but it will be the best plan.

God's plan was for Mary to birth and name His Son Jesus. It was the name above all names. He is the plan! Choose Him.

Have a "Mary" end-of-the season!