I know that God knows all but there’s also free will and we can thwart God’s will. That’s what sin is, isn’t it?

But I was just thinking today about the moment after the archangel Gabriel said, “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob forever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

Think of the moment after Mary asked how this could be. That moment where the fate of the world hung in the balance -waiting for her response. I can’t help but think how much rested on that moment. All of God’s plan rested on this one young woman making the right decision. I wonder what Gabriel knew. Was he too given the information from God that she would say yes. Or did he stand before her waiting, trembling, unsure if God’s plan for the salvation of the world would be rejected?

It’s pretty amazing to wonder about, isn’t it?