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Each weekday on our FaceBook page you’ll find a prayer, reflection, or Bible verse centered around a weekly word. Each Friday we will share the recap of our FB posts here on our blog. Our hope is that we band together to devote our pregnancies, birth experiences and parenting to God our creator.
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“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Luke 1:39-45
Can you imagine the scene? Here is a young and bewildered Mary. She’s just been visited by an angel from heaven (just as unusual in her time as it would be in ours!) She’s trying to process the information. So, she does what most of us would do….she runs to a trusted confidant in Elizabeth. The Message version of the bible paraphrases the start of verse 39 as, “Mary didn’t waste a minute.”
I love this. God designed us to not only need Him, but to need other human beings. Other sisters in faith who are there for us to help along the way. To celebrate with us. Reassure us. Remind us. Mourn with us. Encourage us.
Do you have a confidant? Who’s your go-to person for sharing the private matters of your heart?
Yesterday, I asked if you have a confidant. The person or persons whom you share your private matters and problems. It may have struck a nerve. Maybe you don’t have that level of vulnerability with anyone. Or, maybe you’ve had a bad experience and been burned or bruised in the past. It can be scary to share your heart and mind with others, but as followers of Christ, we are called to share each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2).
Let’s go back to Mary. She’s in an extremely vulnerable spot. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say, she’s in a dangerous position. It would be legally acceptable for her community to stone her to death for a pregnancy outside of marriage. It wouldn’t be surprising if she tried to hide, run, or even hurt herself or the developing child within. But instead, she showed tremendous bravery. She trusted God and then trusted her confidant, Elizabeth.
God blesses Mary in giving her the gift of not only understanding from Elizabeth, but of sheer joy! Mary arrives and without even saying a word, Elizabeth greets her young friend with the full knowledge of what’s to come.
If you are needing to share what’s in your heart, be brave and share with that one or two people who have earned the right to speak into your life. Be vulnerable and let them know that you are pregnant, or struggling with sickness and fatigue, or not feeling like a perfect parent. Share your concerns as well as your joys. You’ll feel blessed, as well as give that confidant a blessing.
Your word promises that You shape and guide our stories. You are our ultimate confidant. We never need to hide from you. It’s impossible. You are with us at the highest peaks of our joy and the lowest valleys of our loss.
But just like with Mary running to her confidant, Elizabeth, You want us to open our lives to others. Not to replace You, but to share You. To have belonging, refuge, accountability and challenge.
Thank you for giving us the dear souls in our lives that will provide both a soft spot to land, as well a sharpening iron. Let us never take them for granted. And when we do – which we will in our imperfection – give us sensitivity and courage to step forward and admit when we are wrong.
Father, give us discernment to know who is a safe person in which to confide and compassion to be that person for our loved ones. Let us show our children what a Godly confidant looks like and never be too afraid to step out and risk in the name of love.
I had a recent situation with a dear friend in which I felt a need to pray for her. I started sending her bible verses via text most mornings. When she was able to share with me what was going on in her life, I was blown away. God was prompting me to pray for some pretty specific things. At the time, I had absolutely no knowledge of what was happening in my friend’s life, but when I did have the privilege of being let in on the story, I started to see where God’s promptings were leading.
Sometimes, God uses us in other’s lives even when we aren’t clear on all of the details. Just like Elizabeth greeting Mary, she did not know the full details of God’s plan, but she was there for her friend. She cared for her for three months until Mary journeyed home.
Be sensitive to God’s promptings. When He brings someone to mind, pray for them. When someone shares with you, love them without judgement. Don’t worry if you don’t have answers or the full story. And, maybe the hardest thing, is to share your story. Confide. Ask for prayer. Be vulnerable.