Mary had just been visited by the angel Gabriel. She was given the most wonderful and the most terrifying news of her life: she was going to carry the Son of God.
Can you imagine how she might have been feeling after the angel left? Probably overwhelmed, frightened, worried and excited.
And what did she do with these emotions? Post it on Facebook, of course. She poured her heart out to those on her friends list and waited for likes and comments of sympathy. Okay, maybe she didn’t have Facebook or internet or anything of the sort. But I don’t think that would have been her first response even if she did have all those things.
Mary went to Elisabeth with haste. Her first response was to go to Elisabeth and pour out her heart there. Why? Why Elisabeth?
- Elisabeth wasn’t jealous. Elisabeth was also pregnant at the time. She did not mope around about not being chosen to carry God’s Son. She called Mary and the baby she was carrying blessed. She was genuinely happy for her dear friend.
- Elisabeth was humble. She asked why the mother of her Lord would come to her. She was lowering herself. She found herself unworthy to be the one Mary would come to.
- Elisabeth recognized Mary’s faithful heart. “Blessed is she that believed…”
- Elisabeth was encouraging. Mary was fearful, remember? Mary was full of all sorts of emotions and going to the right person would make all the difference. What if Elisabeth had brought out all the bad in the situation. “What will people think?” “Joseph won’t marry you now.” “You will be looked down on for the rest of your life.” But she didn’t. She said, “There shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
Who do you run to when your heart is troubled? Psalm 1 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.” Make sure you are going to someone who will give you godly advice and encourage you to do the right thing.