In good times, in bad times

“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!” — Job 1:21

Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunication of the Lord.

Mary’s response to the angel, Gabriel, when he announced that the Savior would be born of her teaches us how to respond to God — whether in good times or difficult times:

“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” — Luke 1:38

When Mary accepted God’s call to bear the Savior in her womb, it wasn’t all roses and butterflies. While she was betrothed to Joseph, they were still not yet married and living together. She risked being divorced by Joseph and even being stoned to death for the possible accusations of adultery.

Yet, she willingly surrendered to God’s will, knowing that God would always be with her. He would never forsake her.

In good times, it is easy to accept and embrace God’s will.

In difficult and trying times, accepting that God allows them for a reason we cannot comprehend right now (or His permissive will) is what gives us strength… and peace.

Like what Job proclaimed:

“The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!” — Job 1:21

In good times or in trying times, praise the Lord.