Someday Devotion - Day 13

[sc_embed_player fileurl=""]  Listen to DAY 13 MP3 Luke 1:42-45 “Elizabeth gave a glad cry…” How precious these verses are.  I can almost picture the scene in my mind.  Mary hurried to see Elizabeth.  Elizabeth did not hesitate to celebrate Mary’s wonderful news.  I can imagine the two of them embracing as they cry one minute and then laugh another.  This young woman and this wise older woman celebrating God and celebrating their womanhood.  Elizabeth felt honored that Mary had greeted her and she said that Mary was indeed blessed. Elizabeth has modeled for us how to be a great friend.  She truly rejoiced with Mary.  She had a choice in how she would respond to Mary’s news.  What if she had said, “hey, wait just a minute here.  I’m the one who should’ve been carrying the Son of God.  After all, I am older and wiser, and I have been patient all these years when I couldn’t get pregnant.  You are just a child.  How dare you come into my house and expect me to be happy for you.  IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME.” How many times have we thought or said, “It should have been me.  Why, God why?  It should have been me.”  I’ll be honest, I know I have.  “I want to be fit and thin like my friends.”  Oops, I’m sorry, did I say that out loud?  And I am challenged, even today, by Elizabeth’s response to Mary.  What a good friend Elizabeth was to her.  However, Elizabeth was more that just a good friend.  In Luke 1:25, Elizabeth proclaimed, “How kind the Lord is.”  You see, the very important point here is Elizabeth knew who she was in relationship with God.  Because she thanked and praised Him for her blessings, she was in the right ‘frame of heart’ to celebrate with Mary. I know in my own life that the more I complain and compare, the more angry and bitter I allow myself to become.  My spirit says, “It should have been me.”  But when I know who I am in relationship with God and take the time to thank and praise Him for my blessings - to find the joy in every situation - then my spirit says, “It isn’t even the littlest bit about me.  It is all about you, God.” Someday Based on Devotional by Sandi Patty Someday: A Book of Days Copyright © 2000 by Sandi Patty All Rights Reserved Go to Someday Devotion - Day 1 Go to Someday Devotion - Day 12 Go to Someday Devotion - Day 14


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