Mary held the light of the world in her hands; He was her baby, but at the same time, her King.
It was hard to accept sometimes, but she knew that Jesus wasn't hers—He was there to save the world...she was just the chosen vessel. The servant on whom God had shown favor.
Mary was chosen by the hand of God.
The Potter had chosen His clay.
From the moment she was born, God started preparing her for this purpose.
The Potter makes His vessels, even if the clay doesn't understand.
Mary was not perfect, but she fit into God's plan far better than she would ever realize.
"For we know all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28
But even if the vessels don't consent to the Potter's hand, His ways are perfect, and He will win out in the end. The vessels can't help but fit into the plan of the Potter, even if they themselves are full of air pockets.
(Air pockets show up in clay when it is cut in half. They can be produced when pieces of clay are put together. If they remain in the clay, they can mess the vessel up.)
Even if people don't follow God, He can use them in His plan.
So there she was—a vessel chosen to carry the King of Kings.
And she did so with courage.
Let's follow Mary's example and say yes to God's calling, carrying it out with courage.
Each of us are called to carry the fruits of the Holy Spirit to people (love, joy, peace, etc.), and each of us are called for a different reason; but sadly, not all follow His will.
"For many are called, but few are chosen."
Each story—each vessel—is beautifully different.
The Potter calls. Will you respond to Him and be one of the Chosen?
Blessings and Merry Christmas!