In continuing our story… The angel tells Mary that the “Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God”. (Luke 1:34-35 NIV) Also, the angel tells Mary her cousin Elizabeth, who was in her old age and unable to conceive, was in her 6th month of her pregnancy!! Mary knew that what the angel told her was true and rushed to Elizabeth’s house in Judea. Upon her arrival and greeting Elizabeth, “the baby leaped in Elizabeth’s womb, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (vs. 42)
I can only imagine the excitement and some of the apprehension Mary must have felt, not to mention what Elizabeth had gone through since she was already 6 months pregnant. The best I can relate at times that I know the Lord has done something on my behalf or shared with me and I want to go tell someone… someone who could understand what I had just experienced. How about you?
When the baby leaps in Elizabeth’s womb, she proclaims over Mary “blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear!” (vs. 42) Then Elizabeth says “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (vs. 45)
There are so many great, wonderful, powerful and extraordinary scriptures in the bible but this one has become one of my absolute all time favorites.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!”
Previously in vs. 38 Mary tells the angel before he departs from her after that initial meeting, that “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled!” Mary knew that she could trust what she had heard from the angel, because she knew that she could believe and trust God!
When we learn to trust in what the Lord speaks to our hearts, when we learn to look to the Lord, when we learn what it is to have even a tiny bit of the Father’s heart overshadow us, I believe our relationship as servant turns into a relationship of friend! And the dynamic of that trusting relationship causes our belief to reach a more intimate place that we may not have experienced before.
I hope one day to that this scripture will become a favorite of yours!