“The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”(Luke 1:25)
Two disgraced women. One whom God brought disgrace upon (Mary). One whom God took disgrace away from (Elizabeth). Two women that were being used by the Lord, yet despised among men. Elizabeth‘s barrenness was a cause of great shame in Jewish culture. Similarly, being an un-wed, unmarried mother was also a cause of great shame. Elizabeth‘s shame was taken when she became pregnant in her old age, whilst Mary‘s shame had just begun.
An older woman, and a younger woman. Mentorship at it’s best. After hearing the news of her pregnancy, Mary left to be with Elizabeth, “At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,…” (Luke 1:39)
God gave Mary a kindred spirit in her cousin, Elizabeth. He gave her a human connection, a woman that had gone before her and experienced disgrace. He provided for her a safe haven for three months, a mentor that could speak life, and truth into Mary‘s life. I am sure that walking Mary‘s road was not easy, yet, I am also sure that having her cousin, Elizabeth minister to her created a warm, human-connection that helped strengthen and uplift Mary during this difficult time.
In what way are you reaching out to those around you? How have you created a safe, vulnerable space to share in life with someone else? Are you walking this road, tightly with someone that you love? Have you mentored, or are you mentoring someone on the same road as you? IF NOT, ask your Heavenly Father to come alongside someone today, to share in this journey with a kindred-spirit.