Mary was uncomfortable, but very relieved to be in the wagon headed south. She had tried to tell her parents about the holy visitation, but the Good News was greatly mistaken for the worst news ever. Remembering what the angel told her about Elizabeth, she knew she must go to her. Her parents quickly agreed that it would be good for her to go away, and found a caravan traveling from Nazareth to Judea.
The greeting had been full of wonder, as she saw aging Elizabeth full with child, and remembered again the angel’s word, “With God nothing is impossible!” When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting there was another work of the Spirit.
Luke 1:41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
It was a wonderful time of rejoicing and enjoying God’s goodness. The young woman could at last fully relax in the older couple’s faith-filled home. Mary and Elizabeth talked and talked. They compared notes on Gabriel, Elizabeth wanted to hear every detail of his message to Mary. And Mary wanted to know what he had told Zacharias. But of course the words came through Elizabeth, as Zacharias listened, nodded, smiled and quietly praised God.
Two women, one too old and the other very young, both expecting. Not only were they both expecting a child, but they were expecting God to fulfill and complete the miracle. How wonderful that in the process of their miracle, that God brought them together to encourage each other and to protect each other’s faith.
I love this verse. It is a statement about both Elizabeth and Mary, and for all women who believe God and His Word.
Luke 1:45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
When you believe God and His Word, you will be blessed, and the promise will come true. Keep believing, because God keeps His Word.