Last week, some of us went to go visit a retirement home as part of our local outreach. We sat in the lobby with two of their residents for probably about an hour, and then prayed with them before we left. There was a moment before we left, where one of the ladies, Katie, put her head against Erik’s chest to “listen to his heart”. It was the sweetest thing because she looked just as if she was sleeping against his chest, so peacefully for at least ten or twenty seconds. When she was done “listening”, she said, “It says, ‘I will, I will, I will!'” For some reason that moment just struck me, and I haven’t been able to let it go. Maybe it was because she was just this adorable little lady, or because I was getting so much joy from being with these people. But when I was thinking about it later, I realized, what would it be like if all of our hearts were saying that all the time? What if all of our hearts were constantly eager and ready for whatever it is that God is asking of us at any given moment? Ahhhh! Our lives would be sooo different.
We’ve also been doing this consecration to Jesus through Mary, and so I’ve also been thinking that I bet that’s what Mary’s heart was constantly saying. She didn’t just wake up on the day that the angel Gabriel came to her and decide that she was going to say “yes” to God for that moment. Her heart must have been constantly eager and ready to respond to the Lord. Her heart must have been saying, “I will, I will, I will!” every day of her life up until that moment, and long afterwards. I hope and pray that my heart too will be constantly, and tirelessly eager to say yes to Jesus! Jesus, whatever you ask, I will!