It was in God’s time! Elizabeth must have thought that God had stopped hearing her prayers for a child. It was an important matter in “Days of Old” just as it is today for many families desiring children. To have a child signified a blessing of God but Elizabeth had barren. But God had His own timing and Mary was granted not only a child, but the child! The very one that would herald the coming of God Himself.
The story is found in its fullest in Luke chapter 1. It is filled with all sorts of miracles. A message from an angel, the loss of Zechariah’s voice, the special naming of the child the exclamation of
Elizabeth and Mary’s song
are all folded up into one brief chapter.
How many times would Elizabeth simply settled for a child, any child as long as she could hold her head in pride that God had blessed her womb. Little did she know that God had a special calling for the baby in whom she would give birth.
Do we ever try to rush God. It must be done now and in this way or evidently God is not blessing us. We know what we “need” and we “need” it now but God could have another plan; a plan that will bring us so much more blessing.
We can learn from
in everyday life. We can, we should pray
that God will bless us. But when that
blessing does not come in the way we expected, or in our timing we should give
up on God. God’s timing is perfect.
blessing, ours can be too: “Everyone who
heard this wondered about it, asking, ‘what then is this child going to be?’
for the Lord’s hand was with him” Luke 1:66