I sat down today to read the Bible, and the pages literally fell open to the first chapter of Luke. Recently, my children and I had been working on a Christmas curriculum that had us read the Christmas story every day, and so I was less than enthused, however I felt a drawing to read it again, as if there was something new the Lord wanted to show me. I gleaned something, I truly doubted I would find.
One verse, one sentence, was all it took to find a little comfort from God’s word and boost in confidence.
Luke 1:25 says, “She said with joy, “See how kind it is of God to gaze upon me and take away the disgrace of my barrenness!”” TPT version
As I was reading along, this jumped off the page, Elizabeth’s response is so different than what mine might have been and that of her distant relative Sarah.
I appreciate that this translation says, she said it with joy, although that may be debatable, it’s a worthy response. I had to imagine myself and how I am not sure I would have been so joyful, “now? I’ve moved on in life, and I’ll be such an eyesore, every other pregnant girl is young and has that glow, no one will believe me“…but she responded with joy, she was so thankful to God, she was not unsure or questioning her motherhood.
She had confidence! She was a confident mom, she was carrying a child chosen by God to prepare the hearts of people for Jesus. She was more relieved just to be a mother and not even batting an eye at the thought of the responsibility of the child she was carrying. She knew she was chosen.
Here is the truth of the matter, she was chosen to be his mother and she must have had a trust in God that she could see it through. Here is what I take away from this scripture and is encouragement for moms.
Be confident that you were chosen for your children and you are the right mom, the chosen mom for the job. God will supply all your need. Just like he chose Mary for Jesus, Sarah for Isaac, the Mother for Moses, Hagaar for Ishmael, and Elizabeth for John the Baptist. You are called for such a child and time as this, be strong and courageous. Be confident in your calling and mother those babes with the wisdom, strength and discernment from God.
Father, we thank you that you choose us, that you are not a random God! Help us to pay attention to the gifts and talents in our kids and inspire us with grand ideas to reach their fullest. We trust you and believe you will walk us through this responsibility of raising these kids.