Mary was now pregnant and there was a new sense of urgency about her life she has never had before. “In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.” (Luke 1:39–40). Mary was so astounded by her new assignment, she had to share it with Elizabeth who was also pregnant in her advanced years. Little did she anticipate the greeting she would receive as she stepped into that home.
“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (1:41–43).
It was one thing for God to look on the barren condition of Elizabeth in her old age “to take away her reproach” (1:25), it was another thing for Mary, her relative, to come to her carrying the Savior of the world in her womb! She felt very unworthy of this honor. To add joy to this special moment, her baby (John the Baptist) also leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb.
Do you expect privileges, or do you feel they are undeserved? Humility sees every privilege as an undeserved blessing. This attitude turns the focus off ourselves and into praise of God who surprises the humble.
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