Saturday December 21, 2019 written by Josh England

Luke 1.39-42

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

It seems like life can send us on strange journeys. And Mary was on one whirlwind of a ride.  I definitely cannot relate to many of the forces at play in Mary’s life, even trying to make comparisons is quite futile.  I’ve never been startled by an angel. I’ll never be surprise pregnant. Nevertheless, Mary was not intimidated by all the abrupt and drastic changes that God placed in her life.  Her resolve was evident.

As Mary was processing her new life, she set out to see an old familiar face, Elizabeth. While the details aren’t fully spelled out, Mary went to Judah’s hill country towns which are some 80 to 100 miles from Galilee.  For perspective: A similar trek for us today would be to start walking south along I-75, down through Richmond and Berea, past Mt Vernon and London and then heading due east until we got to Manchester in Clay County.  Either trip would be exhausting and would take days and would definitely not put me in a good mood.

A tired, pregnant Mary finally arrived at Elizabeth’s house.  I can imagine Mary timidly searching around the homestead calling out “Elizabeth are you here?” As Elizabeth heard that sort of familiar voice, I also imagine that her heart skipped a beat, she took a big breath, and was filled with an adrenaline boosted surge.  Elizabeth knew something sacred was happening. She began excitedly jumping with joy and shouting. Mary couldn’t wait to share her news. Elizabeth couldn’t wait to celebrate. Neither of their reactions would be my first reactions. I don’t think I would be as resolved or excited.  With such dramatic changes, I anticipate more of a feeling of dread or apprehension. But what a relief it must be to respond like Mary or Elizabeth.

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father as I press forward on my journey, allow me to greet new challenges and upheavals with the resolve of Mary and the joy of Elizabeth.


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