“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”
Scene – The site of the town well in the hill county of Judea.
Jemimah – “When was the last time you spoke with Elisabeth? I haven’t seen her for days. She appears to have locked herself away from the rest of the world.
Keziah – “I can’t remember when I saw her last but she could be in a deep depression. She just can’t accept the fact that she’s never going to have a baby!” We tried to comfort her but our words fell on deaf ears. ”
Jemimah “I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. She’s living in a fantasy world. Collapse is inevitable. She really believes God had promised her a son. Come on, let’s get real!
Keziah – You’re right of course. This is the bottom line. Elisabeth and Zacharias are old and it’s never going to happen. I don’t like saying this but Elisabeth needs to be content with her life….accept things the way they are and move on.”
Jemimah – Oh, I forgot! Did you hear about Zacharias? He had a strange encounter with God when he was at church. He was confused and unable to speak. It was something about a heavenly vision. (She speaks with her eyes rolling) Some think he must have been spooked by an evil spirit. He just shakes his head and points toward heaven. Does he think they’re going to have a child too? What do you make of it?”
Keziah – (sighs heavily) “Well…you know how some people are. They are just so fanatical about their love for God. They believe anything. I love the Lord but I try to be balanced. You know what I mean? Zacharias and Elisabeth need a reality check.” “There will be no baby… period!”
The conversation ends and both women return to their respected homes.
Elisabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, had a God breathed dream. She couldn’t shake the vision regardless of her obvious bareness. Somewhere along the way she knew she had an important contribution to the kingdom of God… to the world. But her dream appeared to be dying with each passing month. The women at the well cast harsh judgment on her quest. Shouldn’t she just give up and be happy as the wife of an important man? How foolish to hold on to a hope when apparently it was not God’s will.
These women were not Elisabeth’s close friends. They may have come across as caring and sympathetic but they did not nor would they ever grasp the passion God had placed within her.
Connect with those who believe in you
Ruth had Naomi
Esther had Mordecai
Mary had Elisabeth
Paul had Barnabas
Elisabeth kept wise counsel and poured out her heart and soul to God. He was her best friend. Never did she stray from the Lord or become bitter against Him when others bore children. She remained steadfast in her faith.
“Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing
all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.”
God has given you a dream. He knows all about it. He has not forgotten… nor will He ever! He placed it there. Don’t be satisfied with the ordinary. Don’t let men placate you when it looks like your dream is never going to happen. Don’t allow the kindness of others tell you that you need to be content in your small constricted pot. They may care about you—but it is God who planted the dream.
You serve and are loved by a big God!