We love a ‘Cinderella’ story don’t we? Whether its someone facing poverty who wins The Lottery, or an unknown person becoming famous through one of those reality shows like The Voice, or someone overcoming a broken upbringing to be drafted in the NFL, we love stories in which the ‘little guy’ gets rich, famous, and powerful.
There’s a ‘Cinderella’ story happening in the midst of the Christmas story: Mary. Sure, she’s not going to get rich, famous, or powerful in the ways of the world… but her story is even better than that! She’s young, poor, and unknown and yet is chosen for the most important mission the world would ever know: birth and raise the savior of the world! Read her ‘song’, its the response she sings out to God after being chosen for this mighty task:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:46-55)
Not only does God choose an ‘unknown’ to give birth to Jesus, God’s very power and plan will extend to all the poor and powerless of the world.
Christmas is the time to remember that in God’s eyes there are no ‘unknowns’. God knows us, God loves us, and God gives us the gift of Jesus the Messiah.