When Kelley ask me to marry him I wanted everyone to know, but there one person I couldn’t wait to get home to tell. It was after midnight, but as I got home I woke BethAnn up to share the news of my engagement. I still remember sitting on the floor at the top the staircase showing her my ring. Better yet, she shared in my joy. Lots of laughter and even some tears were shed that night as she shared that very special moment with me.
Do you have someone in your life that is the first to hear of your good news… or maybe even the bad news? Those individuals are truly a gift from God as they understand and rejoice or cry with you.
Romans 12:15 instructs us to “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” Unfortunately it is often easier to weep than rejoice. Sometimes we confront the “good news” we are given with the attitude of “what about me?”
That was not the case in the news that Elizabeth received as Mary came to visit her. She was about to have a baby of promise as John would pave the way for her Lord, but Mary was about to have a baby of greater promise as He would redeem His people! Her response is one we can learn from as we hear good news from those who entrust us with it.
Elizabeth calls Mary blessed and assures that the child within her is blessed indeed. She recognized Mary as the mother of her Lord and acknowledges Mary’s faith in the fulfillment of the prophecies of the long awaited Messiah.
An attitude of joy was expressed through Elizabeth and even in the child in her womb. A joy that could not be explained accept through God Himself.
As we hear the good news of what God is allowing to happen in the lives of those around us, may we not be discontent that we may have been passed by. Instead may we rejoice and express sincere joy as we celebrate with them. Let us show, as Romans 12:8 directs a “love that is genuine” rejoicing with those who rejoice!
39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”