As I was playing him today, goo gooing and gah gahing, I thought back to when I first was told that I would be giving birth to him. The angel that visited me had told me that my relative Elizabeth had also conceived a son. I was floored!! Elizabeth was old and barren! And yet she was already six months pregnant. But I just had to see for myself and I head right off to Judah and my relatives Zachariah and Elizabeth.
It was a little bit odd and yet awesome when I first arrived. As soon as Elizabeth’s baby heard my voice, it leap in her womb! And then Elizabeth cried out in a loud cry and then exclaimed something about me being blessed and the fruit of my womb being blessed. And then she really blew me away, she said, and I will never forget this, she called me, “the mother of my Lord.” How would she know this except by God! I hadn’t told anyone! At that I couldn’t help but magnify the Lord our God!
I left them just before their son, John, was born. I have to say, it was nice to have someone else who could relate to my experiences. An angel had told them of their upcoming son and his name as well. I didn’t feel quite as alone on this journey God has placed me on.
Maybe John and Jesus will be able to relate to each other in some way as well. I wonder if John will know Jesus as soon as he sees Him, just as he knew my voice from in Elizabeth’s womb. I vaguely remember something Isaiah said (Isaiah 40:3) about a voice calling out of the wilderness making a highway for our God. I wonder if that could have meant John? Zachariah was told by the angel that John would go before and prepare the way for Jesus. Well, at least now I know the angel meant Jesus.
Oh, how I wish I could talk to Elizabeth right now. John would be about 6 months old now. I wonder if she feels any pressure raising the man who will prepare the way for the Messiah? I wonder if she thinks of me? I miss her and the kindred spirit I felt when I was with her. It seems so long ago. Maybe we’ll see each other again soon.
Well, he’s fussing a little, going to go see what he needs. He really is a peaceful baby. I am very blessed, just as Elisabeth said, very blessed indeed.