Mary, a virgin, is puzzled by this but when the angel tells her that this will be accomplished by the power of God, she makes her famous response: "I am the handmaiden of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your will." This was Mary's way of saying "yes" to God's will for her life.
Whenever I am confronted by anything that I would rather not have to deal with or face, I try to remember to say those same words that Mary said to the angel. I try to say "yes" to whatever God wants to give me whether it is difficult or easy. I find great peace in doing this.
In the icon I have used symbols to show the "overshadowing" of the Holy Spirit. I also placed the Greek word for announcing something important in the upper left-hand corner. I am sure that there is a special word for "Annunciation" in New Testament Greek, but thus far I have not been able to figure out what it is.This next drawing is just a simple picture of a mass of Black-Eyed Susans with a ladybug on one of the leaves.
I call the drawing "A Ladybug in Black-Eyed Susans".
I remember learning the verse about ladybugs when I was a child: "Ladybug, ladybug fly away home; your house is on fire and your children are alone...etc.".
Years later I learned how helpful ladybugs are to gardeners and then I stopped telling them to "fly away home"!!
May peace be with us all.