Mary the Mother

“The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:30-34‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Gabriel tells Mary a list of amazing aspects of the announcement. They include divine power, the fulfillment of prophecies centuries in the telling, the amazing intervention of the God of Israel in the affairs of the entire world. And, seemingly not even hearing the rest of the announcement, Mary gets hung up on the very first point. “Did you say, pregnant? Me? How on earth could that happen?“ Her bafflement is understandable. But at the moment it just strikes me as a bit humorous that she doesn’t get stars in her eyes or delusions of grandeur at the idea that she will be the mother of a king on David’s throne, let alone the mother of God. She is completely blown away by the mere thought of her becoming a mother at all in her current situation.