It happened so unexpectedly, so unpredictably. With contrasting feelings and thoughts Mary was faced with a decision wrapped in a promise of prophetic fulfillment. She and many others like her in Nazareth had read and believed that one day the Messiah would be born through a virgin. But Mary alone had been chosen to be the mother of the Redeemer of humankind, God’s Son. Her soul leaped with excitement, while unanswered questions mixed with feelings of fear and inadequacy rushed into her mind. The price of sacrifice she had to offer could not be compared to the honor bestowed upon her by God, for she had found favor in His eyes. “Let it be to me according to your word…” were more than words Mary whispered out loud. It was a statement of confidence, trust, and faith placed in the God of the impossible and His promise, regardless of her unknown and untold future.