“Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of womb’” (Luke 1:39-42).
I’m not surprised to hear that Mary traveled “with haste.” She’d been told that Elizabeth, her elderly relative, was also “in the family way” with her own unplanned pregnancy. Mary was thrilled to find someone who would both understand and believe with her. The family of believers would grow to multitudes from “every nation, tribe & tongue,” but at this point, there’s just four or five in the circle of faith preparing for the arrival of God’s Son. These two, connected by blood, were also connected by hope rising from Gabriel’s revelation.
The emotion exploded at the front door of Zacharias’ home along with unquestionable relief for Mary. I see this old woman and young maiden possibly dancing in circles as a prenatal John does his own leaping in the womb. I also imagine tears of joy streaming down Mary’s face as she heard Elizabeth prophesy, “Blessed are you among women.” No wonder Mary stayed in Judea three months to soak up such understanding and affirmation.
This scene reminds me to be an affirming presence to those who are just beginning to walk in the footsteps of faith and to pronounce His blessing over them as they’ve drawn near to God. So listen! This is for YOU…“Blessed are you who believe without seeing” (John 20:29). Now, feel free to dance a bit.