A young teenage girl becomes pregnant. She is in a relationship but not yet married. She doesn’t live in the United States but in a place where she and her family are shamed and scorned as a result. There are questions and rumors about the father. The future is uncertain and scary.
The young girl carries the baby to term, raises the child, and goes on to become the woman most revered by Catholics: Mary, the Mother of God.
Mary trusted in God so fully that when the angel Gabriel appeared to her, she left behind any worry about what anyone other than God would think. Despite the culture she lived in and the social consequences of what would happen, she said yes to God. She didn’t hem and haw, asking Gabriel about what everyone would think of her.
How many times have I felt God pulling me in a direction but I hesitate because of worry about what others would think? How many times have I done what God asked and found that it brought others closer to Him?
When I say yes to God, even when it’s hard, I always end up in a better place. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later, but always better.