Luke 1:28-29: “Gabriel appeared to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!’ Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.”

Is it possible that the Lord is with you, and you’re unaware?  Mary could not make a lot of sense of angel Gabriel’s greeting. She was shocked both by his appearance and the way he greeted her. An unassuming teenage girl, the words: “Favored woman – the Lord is with you” seemed out of proportion. Evidently, the way Mary viewed herself did not match how the angel viewed her – or how God viewed her for that matter. Sounds familiar? Self-awareness is a most tricky thing.

Unaware of ourselves on the day we were born, we first become self-aware as toddlers.  Lewis and Brooks-Gun conducted some interesting research in 1979 when they applied a red dot to an infant’s nose and then held the child up to a mirror. About 25 percent of the infants between 15 and 18 months showed some self-awareness as they reached for their noses instead for the mirror to examine the red dot in their face. In comparison, the percentage increased to 70 percent when the children were 21 to 24 months old.

While self-awareness is certainly age-related, spiritual awareness isn’t. It’s the moment we notice God for the very first time when we become spiritually aware. God on the other hand has never taken His eyes off of us, from the moment of our conception right up to the present time, as King David prayed so eloquently (Psalm 139:13-16):

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.”

How freeing it is to understand that we are priceless in the eyes of God – without having to lift a finger! God cherishes us, regardless how we feel about ourselves. This is the truth that sets us free; however, we won’t know the truth, unless we listen.

Mary listened to what angels, prophets, and shepherds had to say and thoroughly worked through their message in her mind. We need to do the same. Whenever God speaks to us, we do well to let the message sink in. God still speaks today. He speaks to you and me. We only need to take notice.

Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.” Deuteronomy 6:4

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