A few days after being told that she would give birth to the son of God, Mary went to visit her relative Elizabeth. The angel had said that Elizabeth was also pregnant and perhaps Mary went there to see if it was true.
As Mary entered the house, ‘Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In that moment, Elizabeth saw that Mary’s child was unique and she calls the baby ‘her Lord’ confirming what the angel had promised.
When God asks us to do something difficult, do we serve him Gratefully or do we obey but only through Gritted teeth?
Do we embrace what God is leading us into with joy or do we resent him, making sure that he and everyone else knows that we are obeying God but that we are NOT HAPPY about it?
Mary’s prayer starts with her thanking God for how blessed she is. This is incredible given the opposition she was going to face (see yesterdays blog for more about this). She calls God holy, powerful and merciful and she thanks him for keeping his promise to his people.
The road ahead would be tough, but Mary enthusiastically praises God even though he was asking so much of her.
Mary stayed with Zechariah and Elizabeth for 3 months and it must have been such an encouragement to her to have someone to talk to who believed her and who were aware of what God was doing.
May Mary inspire us to continue to praise and to trust in God even when things are difficult.
This is a part of a series of short thoughts for advent to help us to consider the events surrounding the birth of Jesus as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. You can look at the other advent reflections by clicking here.
I am hoping to publish one each day in December leading up to Christmas day, so check back tomorrow to see what happens when Joseph finds out that Mary (his fiance) was pregnant.
You can read more about Mary’s visit to Elizabeth Luke 1 starting at v39.