Actually, it is 3 ways you can aspire to be like Mary. Mary was a poor peasant girl: a nobody in the great Roman Empire's power pyramid. Yet we remember Mary more than 2000 years later.
Mary's platform didn't make her memorable; it was her heart's posture. Mary bent her heart low in trust and surrender. She's remembered because she believed the Lord's promises to her (Luke 1:45). Her trusting "Yes," to God changed history. Her example challenges me.
I sit quiet at our kitchen table and look outside at a world baptized by rain. I try to imagine Mary as a young girl of maybe 13 or 14 years old being told by the angel, Gabriel: Don't be afraid; you've found favor with God.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” - Luke 1:31-33
I'm impressed Mary could ask the next logical question: "How?" I love the understatement of Gabriel's next words to Mary: "For nothing will be impossible with God!" (Luke 1:37)
Mary says, "Yes," to God's plan without knowing the five year plan, or how she'd explain her pregnancy to her betrothed, Joseph. From this scene alone, we can learn 3 things:
01. Be open to God's work in your life. Don't immediately say "no" to what is surprising.
For me, being open to God several years ago, it meant saying "yes" to blogging although it was very out of my comfort zone back then.
02. Ask God your questions with a humble attitude.
Even in her question, Mary assumed what Gabriel said was true. One way to ask a question is to claim a promise, then ask God how He is going to fulfill that promise even though you don't see how He will answer. Often God surprises me with his answer. And He often doesn't answer in my time frame. Also, sometimes God answers "no," or "not yet," and I have to trust His promise it is ultimately for good (Romans 8:28-30).
03. Trust God's promises enough to say "yes" without having all the answers
Mary said an unequivocal "yes" which stuns me because I'd have asked a lot more questions. "What do I tell Joseph, my betrothed?" would have been key. After saying "yes," Mary visited Elizabeth "with haste."
What's your next step? It will be different for each of us. Call someone. Send out a resume. Exercise. Research. Pray. Memorize a verse. If you don't know, ask God, believing He'll show you and with an attitude of obedience. Trusting means I do what is before me with love to the best of my ability.