God did not abandon Mary to face her circumstances alone. God provided help. Before too many weeks had passed Mary took a trip to visit her relative Elizabeth who was also pregnant with a miraculous baby. Scripture tells us that when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, two things happened. First, “the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:44). Second, Mary sang a song of praise and thanksgiving to God. She offered thanks to God for all His mercy and care for the people of Israel from “generation to generation” (Luke 1:46). Can you imagine the comfort and help these two women gave one another as they pondered, together, God’s provision in the middle of their disrupted lives?
The Psalmist reminds us that God provides help along the way for us as we pilgrimage through all the disruptions of our life.
“God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.” –Psalm 46:1
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.” –Psalm 32:8
God is amazingly creative in the way He helps us even when our outer situation is difficult. Sometimes God helps us through a friend, or even a total stranger. Sometimes God opens our minds to discern the way forward in a situation that had confused us. Sometimes we are given the inner assurance that God is holding us in His everlasting arms, and sometimes, we are able to help others. So, Julia’s question is a good one, Am I willing to disrupt my plans to offer help?