By SARAH CARLSON, Bella Vista Church
“God should be enough,” they say, and He is. But there is still something missing, isn’t there?
During the Christmas season, we often talk about Mary and how much courage she had to face a pregnancy and motherhood she was not prepared for. While Mary certainly had an enormous amount of obedience and bravery, we tend to forget that she was not without help. In the same way that God looked down upon Adam during Creation and said, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18), I imagine God looked upon young, scared Mary, and so He provided for her Elizabeth, a companion, a woman, a family member dealing with a similar miracle.
God created us in His image, and just as He is always in community with the Trinity, so are we also born with an innate desire and need for togetherness. We were not built to be islands, fenced-off gardens, or hedged-in houses.
God gave Mary a miracle, and a trial, that was hard for her to swallow, but He did not leave her to digest it alone. Though her path was her own, He provided for her companionship and fellowship by putting a kindred spirit, her cousin Elizabeth, on a similar and close by road.
Think about the people in your life. Who can be your Elizabeth? Who is going through or has gone through similar struggles to yours and could be a safe place for you to process?
Look at the people around you. Who can you be an Elizabeth to? Who can you say, “I understand that” to? Who can you sit with and offer wisdom, comfort, and company?