On the Inside
A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”
Luke 1:39-45 New Living Translation (NLT)
As God reveals to us His plans for the ages, we are reminded of many miracles along our journey through this world. How many times has He made a way out of no way? The miracle of the birth of Christ is shared with us even as our finite minds are baffled at the impossibility of it all. Yet, John the Baptist, who was born to be a forerunner of Christ, knew from inside his mother's womb the purpose for his existence. Those who have given birth wonder what makes the baby kick inside their tummies. A mother speculates about various circumstances that can cause so much activity on the inside. John kicked up a storm when Mary walked into his mother's presence bearing our Lord and Savior in her womb!
God knew us before He even allowed us to be conceived. He knew His purpose for each of our lives even before we came to be. He also knew we would need a Savior and He sent the only Person qualified for that job. We sometimes may wonder why our omniscient God, who knows everything beforehand, would allow things to be as they are now in this world. If we follow Jesus to God's Kingdom, one day we may have the chance to ask Him about things we don't quite get in these days. But I have a hunch it won't matter much then.
It began just as God had said in the book written by Isaiah the prophet,
“I am sending my messenger to get the way ready for you. In the desert someone is shouting, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord! Make a straight path for him.’” Mark 1:2-4 CEV