The Word is filled with those who gave God reasons why they could not do what He was asking of them. Why Moses even required someone to speak for him. And Jonah had to become whale bait before he obeyed. Perhaps they were a lot like me---look God I made a list and the bullet points show this is not a good idea! Why even the Israelites after seeing the sea open up before them and crush their enemies after their passing, could not do the one simple thing of having no other gods. We are a weak lot---almost all of us!
And then there was Mary--innocent-young naive Mary--who though she was greatly troubled when the angel greeted her--did not run screaming from the room--but stayed and listened. Whose only question was, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" When I would have been making a list of why this was impossible. My answer would have been a request for a round table discussion with in depth analysis of the pro's and con's. Mary's answer was, "I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said." End of discussion.
Mary was without a doubt--young and innocent--but she understood what it took to have a baby and she knew the repercussions of not being married when a baby arrived. And yet---she said--YES.
What would this world look like if we all said, "Yes" without hesitation--without thought of the why not's. We are given opportunities--asked to be the hands and feet of Jesus --what is our response? Dare we simply say, "Yes"?
"For NOTHING is impossible with God."