Unplanned Joy

“The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with . And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you will name him .”
—Luke 1:30-31 (NRSV)

I was thinking about Mary as I read this passage and her journey after she found out she was pregnant with . I was thinking of my own pregnancies. Each were different and none of them went exly as I had planned. I had planned to be super healthy each one. But inevitably I had cravings. I had planned to not get sick each one (not that I am remotely in control of this). Each one I got sick and the last one was the worst! I had plans for how I would birth. Not one of those went as planned as well and were all very different from each other. Adam, my husband, also had plans. He had planned to not get grossed out each time I got sick. He had planned to not break his wrist a week before we had our last baby.

I if Mary’s pregnancy went as she had planned. Certainly it was not in her plans to have a baby out of wedlock. Certainly it was probably not in her plans to have her first baby be the Son of who she would eventually watch be put to for all human kind so that we might have to the full. So I would imagine her pregnancy didn’t go as planned as well. I assume, also, that having this baby in a manger was not in Mary and Joseph’s plans.

I am a planner. I really am. And so when things don’t go as planned, it throws me off.

But. had a plan for Mary. That’s why sent the angel. To tell her of His plan. Thankfully she said yes! I am so sure that this plan gave Mary a lot of joy. Babies bring joy. Watching our children grow up s us joy. Probably watching others, teach, and love gave her joy. Ultimately knowing that had a plan through it all s joy.

I am a planner. Lately it’s been really hard to do that. I know you all can relate. I basiy didn’t use my fancy planner I bought at the end of 2019 for 2020 for 8 or 9 months. I didn’t like that.

But. I find a sense of , yes, but joy in the f that has a plan here. didn’t will all of what was 2020 to happen. But brings good out of bad and hardships. has a plan here. In that we can find joy. In you can have joy.