“Greatly troubled” probably doesn’t even come close to describing Mary’s reaction when Gabriel popped out of the closet. And then he said, “Don’t be scared, I just came to tell you God wants you to have His Baby. If Mary was hyperventilating before, I’m guessing she notched it up a bit, thinking, “What? God wants His Son to come and live in me???” Imagine.
As preposterous a request as that was, God sends a similar one to you. He wants His Son to be born in you and live in your soul forever. On one level, that is more of a privileged invitation than a mere request. But it is not unusual, when people hear that amazing invitation for the first time to respond as Mary did. First, “greatly troubled” (read: frightened down deep).
But then, confused. Mary said, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” ( Luke 1:34b) She knew she was unqualified, in a sense, not good enough to have a baby. Our question is similar: “Me? God wants Jesus to live in me??? Doesn’t He know how I have been living, what I have been thinking? There’s no way I could be qualified! How could that possibly happen?”
The answer is the same as Gabriel gave Mary:
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. – (Luke 1:35b)
And who gets to have that new birth? Everyone who, like Mary, believes and says, “Let it be done to me according to your word.” – (Luke 1:38b)