"For Mary, this teenage mother the call of God on her life was far from straightforward! The signs of promise were there but they were coupled with the potential for disaster. And this is so often the way when God calls us to follow him: It’s never as straightforward as we would like it to be. Just because you have been miraculously called and chosen by God doesn’t mean that you won’t give birth in a stable, and end up on the run from a brutal dictator; and it doesn’t mean that you won’t live to see your child die early. You see, there are no guarantees when we’re chosen by God that things will go the way we want them to."
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