Luke 1:39-45 (NLT)
A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”
There must have been something special about this family. After all, Mary and Elizabeth were relatives in some fashion. By many accounts, they were believed to be cousins. Whatever the connection, they were obviously close enough to share a common experience in this moment. Elizabeth would soon give birth to the Elijah of his age; one who would herald the coming of the King, and Mary would soon give birth to Jesus, the long awaited Messiah.
As similar as their experience might have been, Elizabeth clearly recognized the differences between the two. She was to be the beneficiary of God’s blessing because of her ongoing pleadings and prayers, but her pregnancy announcement came through her husband, Zechariah, without her consultation. However, she knew that Mary would be the vessel of God’s grace to the world because of her own trust in God’s curious but plan.
The blessing that is soon to be Mary’s is a result of one reason alone: Mary believed. When others would have rejected the opportunity, Mary embraced it.
When others would have pushed back at the plan, Mary freely accepted it.
When others would have refused the schedule, Mary added it to her calendar and circled it in red.
Mary knew God’s word was true, and as a result she was fully blessed. There is so much we could learn from Mary if we would only pay attention…and believe.
Dear Jesus, Son of Mary, Son of God, The Gift to the World,
May we believe & be blessed. May we know that your plan is best for our lives and may we accept it fully.