December 23

Luke 1:43-45

“And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?” vs. 43

Elizabeth’s reaction to Mary’s visit reveals a genuine humility that is often lacking in an age of entitlement. She had been privileged by God and it blew her mind. She was an ordinary woman with no claim to fame or glory and she didn’t deserve the honor that had come to her. There have continued to be moments like this in the lives of the faithful through the years. Most believers aren’t what might be called “spiritual giants.” They’ve done nothing to capture public attention but instead live out their lives in relative obscurity. But every once in a while they are visited by the Spirit of God in a way that blows their minds. It might be a brief encounter with another person or a quiet interlude in the course of a routine day, but in that instant their soul is filled with unmistakable joy. And then they wonder what they did to deserve the experience. Of course there isn’t anything special that they have done…it’s just something that happens in the course of a faithful humble life. God comes to visit and we are lifted up. The neat thing is that the visits are spontaneous and unprogrammed. They come when we least expect them and they never fail to lift our spirits. They are a vivid reminder that the meek and the humble are close to the heart of God.

Thought for the Day: A time when I’ve been surprised by the Spirit.

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