Sweet Paige who is only 3, was sitting in her car seat singing at the top of her lungs with hands raised and eyes closed, "My soul, my soul, magnifies the Lord, my soul, magnifies the Loooooooorrrrrdddd. He has done great things for me." I was trying to drive and sneak peaks in the rearview mirror when she interrupted herself and asked, "Mommy, what does magnify mean?" On autopilot, I started to answer when I realized I've never actually thought about it before.
Magnify, according to google.com, means to "increase in size, volume or significance." I grabbed my Bible and looked up Luke 1:46-55 where Mary, who is newly pregnant, prays a beautiful prayer to the Lord. She says in the first few verses, "My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me, holy is His name." As I pondered Mary's thoughts, I realized that her soul was "increasing in significance" the role of God in her situation. She didn't focus on the fact that she was not married and pregnant which left her open to social scorn, disgrace, and possible forced homelessness and prostitution. Instead she chose joy and praised God singing, "My soul magnifies the Lord for He has done great things for me. Holy is His name."
I now have a proper answer for Paige and a fresh perspective on evaluating my life. When times are difficult, do I still readily say, "My soul magnifies the Lord. He has done great things for me. Holy is His name?" Maybe not every time, but Lord, make that true in my life! Holy is Your name. You have done great things for me.