Something to think about
In Noel Streatfield’s classic children’s book, ‘Ballet Shoes’, the three adopted Fossil sisters vow to try to put their name in the history books. Biologically unrelated, they have chosen the shared name that they wish to make famous, being sure that no one will be able to attribute their achievements to their grandfathers (as, presumably, they believe to be the fate of other history-making girls).
Mary too, was born into humble circumstances; we know of nothing that would distinguish her from any other young woman in her locality. Yet she declared with absolute confidence that she would be known and remembered through all generations, not because of what she accomplished, but because of what God was doing for, in and through her.
The Fossil sisters knew that to gain recognition in the world, they would need to achieve great things despite their obscurity. But Mary discovered God’s blessing right there in her lowliness, and found it to be of greater value than anything she could attain for herself.
Any of us – I speak first to myself! – who harbour ambitions for success and recognition, must be challenged by the great upturning of the world’s expectations in Mary’s song, and God’s choice to honour humility above greatness.
Something to do
Read the stories of Fyness and Loshas, who feature in Christian Aid’s Christmas appeal this year. Share on social media, or with your church, what God is doing for them through Christian Aid partners and supporters.