One of the best prayers my spiritual director ever taught me to say was Mary’s “Let it be done unto me according to your word.” A very simple prayer, but absolutely life-changing. The part that he particularly focussed on with me was the “Let it be done” part. All I had to do was give God permission to do what He wanted to do, to let Him do it in me. There are many, many times when I simply do not understand what He is about in my life. (Now is one of them.) I like to understand what God is about in my life. The reality, however, is that I seldom have a real clue. With this prayer, I don’t need to understand. I simply need to surrender to what He is about. As long as He knows, that’s really all that is necessary. He will guide me, even in hidden ways.
With the Feast of the Annunciation approaching, it’s a good time to remember the example Mary set for us in her response to what, certainly, was not something she fully understood.