Gabriel answers Mary’s honest question, “How can this be?” (Luke 1:34
b). He says to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you. Therefore the Holy One who will be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). The Amplified Version of the Bible describes this overshadowing as “like a shining cloud”.
This is what happens when we activate our faith and believe in His promises. We allow His presence to come upon us and overshadow us like a shining cloud. In Genesis 1:1-3, we read about this overshadowing when God creates the heavens and the earth. It says in verse 2 that the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, is hovering and brooding over the situation, and His glory releases into the situation when the Father says in verse 3, “Let there be light.”
This light is not the sun, moon and stars; God creates these in verses 14-19, on the fourth day of creation. What is this light that He releases in verse 3? It is the manifested glory of God. And it is in this realm where miracles release and manifest.
If we read through the rest of the encounter between Gabriel and Mary, we will see Mary’s response: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be unto me according to your word” (Luke 1:38
a). She binds herself to the word of the Lord and releases the glorious power of the Holy Spirit into her life through the agreement of her spoken words, just as the Father did in the beginning of creation. And that’s when the miraculous happens.
Does the Spirit of the Lord want to release in us an unimaginable miracle? Are we struggling to find the manifestation of this promise? We need to be like Mary: Surrender our will to His, and give the invitation to the Holy Spirit to manifest His shining cloud of glory over us to release and create our miracle.
Dear Holy Spirit,
I am your bondslave, I bind myself to You. I invite You to come and overshadow me with Your shining cloud of glory. With my spoken words of agreement, I release Your power to create Your miraculous will for my life.
In Jesus’ name, I dare to believe and receive, amen.