Luke 1:26–28 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
It is well-documented and all too readily understood by married couples that men and women seem to speak different languages. Earlier this week we saw how God’s angel gave directions to Joseph, the man whose virgin fiancée, Mary, was pregnant. Continuing along that same storyline of what we previously looked at in Matthew 2:13, today, we see the angel Gabriel speaking to Mary and providing her with the same insight about the conception and identity of Mary’s baby as was given to Joseph in Matthew 2 (re-read Luke 1:26–28, above).
Isn’t that interesting? God sends his angel Gabriel to speak to Joseph in a way he could understand, yet Gabriel can also speak to Mary in a way that she could relate to, also. And it is pretty amazing to me – to Joseph, Gabriel tells him what to do, “get up and go”. That is what Joseph needed to hear, that is how a husband needs to be talked to. On the other hand, Gabriel tells Mary not what to do, but who she is. Which is what she needed to know from a wife’s perspective.
In these two different accounts of the earthly conception of Jesus, both Joseph and Mary are receiving heavenly instruction about the child. Although husbands and wives may communicate, process, and express information as if they are from different planets, God communicates in a way that provides “common ground” for both of them. At a time when both the Virgin Mary and her fiancé were perplexed about what was happening in their life, God communicated with both of them in a manner that put them on the same page.
Although you and your spouse may speak differently, God created the language of both husbands and wives.
How do you you and your spouse communicate with God and each other differently?
In what ways does God bridge the communication gap between you and your husband or wife?