Waiting With Friends
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. 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? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
Luke 1:39 – 45
Today we are going to journey with Mary as she waits for Jesus to be born. I find it interesting that shortly after Mary learns that she will be the mother of the promised Messiah, she heads out for a three-month visit with her cousin Elizabeth.
There is very little detail given to these three months of waiting. Perhaps the two women prayed together as they worked around the house. Maybe Elizabeth’s many years of life provided the wisdom and comfort Mary needed. Possibly they took walks in the morning to ponder God’s promises. We really don’t know what they did, but we do know that what they did, they did together.
I think there is a message in this for us. As we wait for Jesus’ second coming, we need to be with other people. Yes, our relationship with God is important, but it isn’t good for us to wait alone. The night is too long and the burden too heavy to carry. We need to hear friendly voices tell us of our blessedness. We need to be reminded that when we enter the room, joy fills someone’s heart. We need encouragers to inspire, mentors to give wisdom, and friends to ponder promises that seem too strange to be true.
In light of our need to wait with other people, I’d like to invite you to do three simple things today.
First, make a commitment to be with people during this season. Like Mary, go with haste into the hill country of friendship. Choose vulnerability over hiding. Embrace life in community. This Advent, know and be known by others.
Second, thank God for the friends who wait with you. These people are a good gift from the God who loves you.
Finally, in your own way, thank the people who are waiting with you. Like Elizabeth does to Mary, tell the people in your life that their presence fills you with joy.