Name: Victoria LeGrand Gloe
Occupation: Yoga Instructor
Favorite verse: “Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” – Luke 1:38
Why this verse is important to Victoria:
Most of my adult life has been spent trying to accomplish things. I’ve worked hard at times and not so hard at other times. I’ve been inspired to reach for goals and I’ve let good ideas slip through my fingertips. I’ve done seemingly impressive things like earn academic degrees and I’ve done seemingly meaningless things like wipe floors and fold laundry. And, in the last 15 years, faith has increasingly played a part in all of my life’s activities. I’ve prayed, asked for direction, been obedient (or not) and tried to participate in my spiritual growth. I hope I’ve been continuously, slowly, more and more, all in with God. Life with God has been about doing things.
In the last couple of years, however, Mary’s words to the angel (after having been told she’d been chosen to carry and birth the Son of God) have stirred within me something new, a way of life that is about being, rather than doing. Life’s paradox of undeserved pain and unearned joy has left me wondering how much I can really “do” in this life with God. Whether I want it or not, pain that comes with deep sorrow grows within me, just as Christ grew within Mary. Simultaneously, joy that comes with heavenly gifts grows within me, just as Christ grew within Mary. I didn’t ask for the pain. But it came. I didn’t earn the gifts. But they came. Guts and glory, it’s all been there.
So I sit with Mary’s words as a companion in this season of life, allowing them to teach me about the transition from doing to being. I am learning to receive God’s life and word as something that is done to me, by Him. And while I must intentionally carve out space and time to sit with God and consent to His action in my life, I have a deep sense that all I need to do is show up, and He’ll do the rest. He’ll mold me in a life of paradox, a life of pain and a life of joy. He’ll work within me and allow himself to grow deeply inside of me, regardless of my action and circumstances. All I need to do is consent to His life being formed in me. And so I say, along with Mary, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”