“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel is sent from God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, with a message for a girl betrothed to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David; the girl’s name is Mary. The angel goes in and says to her, ‘Greetings, most favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she is deeply troubled by what he says and wonders what this greeting might mean.”
Mary finds herself favoured by God. Gabriel tells Mary that “the Lord is with [her.]” She is to bear the Son of God after being overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. Completely surprised, she only asks how this can be, saying, “I am still a virgin.”
We can only speculate whether Mary is afraid when she tells Joseph. If she knows him at all, she likely trusts that he is a kind man, one who is not given to expose her. At first, Joseph does not believe Mary; yet he “decides to divorce her quietly.” (Matthew 1:19, HCSB) But an angel appears to him in a dream, telling him that Mary is with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph wakes, and obeys the angel of the dream. He marries the virgin who is pregnant with the Son of God.
These two young people are favoured by God; and both obey under extraordinary circumstances.