Advent Week 4 – Special

Special Feature from Jonathan and Kari Masson
Snow Hill’s Adopted Missionaries living in Lyon, France

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"

 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God."

"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

The Master

There have been many times in my life that I’ve asked God, “How will this be?” and then given Him my list of reasons that what He’s asking me to do can’t possibly happen. Just looking at the France chapters of my life, the past four years, two major hurdles come to mind. Both have to do with God’s plan for us, and how through His power and faithfulness we are able to say, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”

When you move to a new place, one of the first things on your to-do list is find a place to live. We arrived in France in 2004 and soon found out that there is a serious housing shortage, you need three months’ rent up front and oh yes, the biggie – a French citizen has to sign as your financial guarantor in case you don’t pay your rent. When you’ve just arrived in the country and don’t yet know anyone, how do you find someone willing to pay your rent if you don’t? How will this be?

Fast-forward a year and a half. I’ve been looking for work and haven’t been able to get a job. This time the problem isn’t a serious shortage, in fact I’ve had several job offers. The problem is that we’re in France on my husband’s student visa, which means I don’t have the right to work legally. I can’t even accept the job offers and make money for us to live on. How will this be?

In both of these situations, God provided through miracles. I don’t use this term lightly. In His perfect ways and timing, He provided in ways we could not have imagined, much less coordinated ourselves. I am learning through experience that when we are submitted as His servants, what He has said will be. My list of reasons as to why it seems impossible are crossed off one by one because of who my Master is.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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