Day 3: Following God (Luke 1:39–45)
Today’s Passage: Luke 1:39-45
With all this talk of certainty and waiting, it is good when confirmation comes that you are on the right path.
Mary is simply walking toward the house. Elizabeth and her baby are filled with the Holy Spirit. The baby leaps in her womb. Elizabeth brings forth praise. Mary, whose womb is filled with infinity and eternity, responds. But first, I wonder.
I don’t know, but I expect not every moment of every day in Mary’s life had this sort of confirmation from God. Many people, when they first begin following God, have all sorts of these delightful moments of confirmation.
In my own life, I first came to know God, to put my trust in Him, when my world was very dark. But his messages, his confirmations, showed bright in the darkness.
As time goes by, as a person’s “walk with the Lord” matures, these moments seem to become fewer. In my own situation, the world was not as dark, and the lights did not stand out against the “less-than-black background.” God is still present, He is simply raising the person up for harder work, work that will require great confidence in God’s presence, even in the absence of physical signs.
Does that make sense to you? It is like the sports coach, who early on is flooding you with positive reinforcement. Over time you come to naturally play without all the input. Finally, the coach is coming to you, to help groom a new player.