Luke and The Lost
There will be times when God will ask you to join Him in a work that will seem awkward and too challenging in other’s eyes for you to do. You are giddy with excitement because of what God is doing in You and leading You to, but others are wary of your walk. It has happened to us many times. What seems foolish to others is often exactly what God might lead you to and through for reasons only He knows. But God never leaves us alone. He is with us. He will also give us the gift of at least one other person who believes in Him and in you. This person will hear you, understand and encourage you. This person is a gift in your walk to answer the call of God.
For Mary, this person was Elizabeth. I revel with tears of joy in their intimacy with God and each other. Elizabeth knew before Mary had to tell her. What a gift to have a friend who intimately knows God and can finish your sentences because of knowing and loving you, too. Mary was God’s gift to Elizabeth as she gave birth to John, the “one who prepares the way of the Lord.”
Read every word of how their circumstances bring them together in joy and praise to our God, the Creator of all.
I also marvel at Mary’s tenacity and Spirit. “Mary didn’t waste a minute.” “I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.” How many of us have this attitude of gratitude when God asks us to join Him in a work that will look weird and awkward to the world and even bring criticism with humiliation? God is above all, in all and the Only One who matters. Remember, if God leads us to it, He will see us through it. He loves us that much.
Everyone loves the song by Mark Lowry, “Mary Did You Know”. But Mary DID know. Mary knew her scripture well. The promise of God to bring a Messiah, “exactly as He promised” was embedded deeply in her heart. She might not have understood all that she would encounter in the coming years but Mary knew God. Knowing God is all that matters. Saying yes to God is all that matters.
Luke 1, The Message
Blessed Among Women
39-45 Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly,
You’re so blessed among women,
and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
And why am I so blessed that
the mother of my Lord visits me?
The moment the sound of your
greeting entered my ears,
The babe in my womb
skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.
Blessed woman, who believed what God said,
believed every word would come true!
46-55 And Mary said,
I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
beginning with Abraham and right up to now.
56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.
I love how God works! Don’t you? Think about how He works in your life and all around you in the lives of others.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for these thoughts of You and how you work in our lives…just as You promised!
In Jesus Name, Amen