I was especially blessed this past Christmas by Mary's humility and grace in which she took the news that she, a virgin, would bear a son, quite unexpectedly and miraculously. I was especially curious of how she viewed herself compared to God. First, lets look at a part the conversation that the angel had with her...(Luke 1:34-38)
Two miracles were occurring at the same time which must have filled Mary with awe and wonder at the same time. That last phrase that the angel said to her "For with God nothing shall be impossible" must have quieted all her fears and doubt. Then in her humility she surrendered to God's will completely. She referred to herself as his handmaiden.
(this is where the fun begins)I was curious as to what she meant when she called herself that, so I looked it up in the Interlinear which shows the original Greek translation. The Greek word for Handmaid is DOULE. Doule is a femine noun which translates to (1) a female slave or (2) bondmaid. The male noun, which is from the same root noun, means (1) a slave, and (2) devoted to another to the disregard of one's own interests. I love that last definition; it sums up Mary's intent so fully. She was devoting herself completely to God and (with God's help) disregarding the human nature to be terrified. She called herself his slave/servant as a way of showing her complete devotion and surrender. That was her humility in it's full and most precious form. And because of her unwavering devotion she gave birth to God's own son, Jesus.
God Bless you all in the New Year and may we come before God with Humility of Total Devotion!