Here’s the scenario, a young teenage girl who is not married, just found out she is pregnant. She is told things that she does not fully understand, and she is not given much in the way of reassurance that her family–or her fiance’–will receive the news in a favorable fashion.
In our day, a scenario like that might be viewed as common and dismissed as an event of little to no importance. Teenage pregnancy and out-of-wedlock motherhood is rampant in our society. Most teenage girls in this situation today would seek advice from other young and perhaps immature friends. And they might make a decision that could weigh heavily on their own future or that of the child (even affecting the child’s survival). However, Mary did neither. She remembered her cousin Elizabeth was with child. Mary felt that somehow her cousin would understand, given that Elizabeth and her husband were having a miracle child of their own.
When Mary arrived at her home, Elizabeth had no reason to doubt Mary’s story. She was experiencing a God- journey of her own. I believe, when they saw each other, instantaneously they both knew that God had brought them together for such a time. For Elizabeth, it was to raise a child, “John the Baptist,” who would prepare the way for the coming Messiah. And for Mary, it was to raise the child who would become the fulfillment of the promise–Jesus, the Messiah.
Each woman was carrying a special child, and each woman was probably facing similar fears and concerns. Yet when they met, the Holy Spirit brought them an inner peace. God reassured them that His plan would be fulfilled regardless of their own humanity and weakness.
TO PONDER IN YOUR HEART: The baby Elizabeth carried in her womb recognized the baby Mary carried in her womb–Jesus. Do we recognize Jesus when He comes to us in extraordinary places or unusual ways?