Leap for Joy


"Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist speaking to Mary upon her arrival for a visit, 'As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy'" (Luke 1:44). 

What untold joys await those with ears to hear.

I love being a fly on the wall and hearing this private conversation between these two expectant mothers. One way past childbearing age, one not far removed from puberty. But both pregnancies ordained eons ago in God’s plan for their life. Think how connected we now are to these women and that Plan.

Elizabeth also says, But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord [not to mention the Lord Himself!] should come to me?” (v43) Good question! Why am I so favored? Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us the mechanics of How: "For it is by grace you have been saved through faith—and even this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God---not by works, so that no one can boast." But verse 10 reveals the Why: "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Let me get this straight... I’ve been handcrafted by the Creator of the universe to do the good works He set in motion long ago for me to do. Hmm, like John the Baptist, Elizabeth, and Mary?... that means… I’m part of the Plan too! And so are you!

Hear Mark 10:49-50 and insert yourself as the blind man. "So they called to the blind man, 'Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.' Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus."

The leap of faith is a leap for joy.

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