In those days Mary got up and went hurriedly into the hill country, to a town of Judah, and entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She exclaimed with a loud voice –
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child in your womb! And who am I that the mother of my Lord should come and visit me? For the instant the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”Luke 1: 39-44
Here we see Mary and Elizabeth meeting for the first time since both have learned of their pregnancies.
- Both are carrying a child created to fulfill a calling that will impact the world
- Both were created to fulfill a calling for God’s plan to impact the world
God did not randomly select 2 women at the moment he decided it was time to bring Christ to the world. He planned the timing and lineage of Mary and Elizabeth for His glory.
How perfect and intricate are God’s plans for us and for the glory of His kingdom.
We can get so absorbed in asking for what we need God to do in our life and lose sight of the fact that we are called to seek God’s will as it was designed to fulfill His plans for us in His kingdom.
Every single person is created in exactly the same way. We are each planned for, created in our mother’s wombs at a specific time and place, with a specific lineage and a specific order of birth. Our gifts, our experiences (good and bad), our circle of friends…all of these and more are not done by chance but by plan for God’s calling to be played out in our lives.
God needed John the Baptist to proclaim the coming of the Messiah. He also knew that Mary needed a companion for support on this journey He had called her into. In His great wisdom and perfect planning, He provided for Mary what she would need by fulfilling His plan for John through Mary’s Aunt.
God could have accomplished His need for John in any woman He chose. It didn’t have to be Elizabeth, but He knew it needed to be Elizabeth. And not just because she was Mary’s aunt with whom she was close, but also because of Elizabeth’s age.
- It was because of her age that Elizabeth could relate to the amazing circumstances of Mary’s calling too.
- And vice versa. Mary had a companion she knew could relate to her miraculous calling in a way no other could.
Mary has surrendered her life to a calling in which she would face issues like fear, ridicule, and questioning of others. God made accommodations to provide for Mary’s needs by giving her Elizabeth. Her aunt is a person of comfort and support and her home is a place of refuge and protection for Mary.
This is a beautiful reflection of God’s perfect plan to provide what is needed, when it is needed, before it is even known to be needed.
As you surrender your life to the calling of Christ do you have fears?
Are the choices you know you need to make to give complete surrender of your decisions and actions over to the glory of God putting you in a position for ridicule by those around you?
Do you have questions?
Who is your ‘Elizabeth’?
God has given each of us an ‘Elizabeth’ in our lives that we can go to for comfort, compassion, wisdom and intercessory prayer because they have experienced things in their lives that give them the ability to relate to what you are going through.
I confess that for too many years I let personal wounds and walls I had built for personal protection keep me from seeing and reaching out to the ‘Elizabeths’ God was providing for me.
Maybe today’s scripture is a good reminder for each of us to spend some time at the table with God and ask Him to show us who He has provided for us in our journey, just as He did for Mary and Elizabeth.
Whose ‘Elizabeth’ are you?
Who have you been created to provide comfort, compassion, wisdom and intercessory prayer as part of God’s provisional glory?
What experiences have you been through or are going through right now that give you insight that could provide wisdom, comfort or compassion to a person God has placed in your life? Ask Him to reveal that person to you and be open to His response.
- Sometimes it’s not the person you are closest to, but one that is removed from you or a recent introduction.
- Sometimes it requires us to step out of a comfort zone of a certain social circle.
For His Glory
When we seek the answer to who our Elizabeth is and vice versa, we are blessed beyond measure.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…1 Thessalonians 5:11
Lord, You created me to glorify You by fulfilling Your will. You also provide for all of my needs for Your glory as well. You know the needs I have for comfort, compassion, wisdom and support. Reveal to me those You have created to be that for me at this time. Give me eyes to see and a willingness to receive.
In the same way Lord, show me where for whom I need to be Your comfort, Your compassion, Your wisdom and Your support for those You’ve put in my life or have crossed my path. Give me the awareness and willingness to give what is needed for Your glory.