Day Twenty-Three: Find Your People

December 23, 2019
By Michelle Hillis

By Michelle Hillis

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

   Luke 1:46-55 (NIV)

 Starting in August 2020, my husband, John, and I will be embarking on a new chapter in our marriage. The chapter known as “Being Empty Nesters.” As we celebrate our youngest child’s senior year in high school, there have been many moments where we have said “Time really went by fast!” There have also been a lot of “Remember when…” flashbacks.

I think back on these memories and I can’t help but remember the people in our life who shared in these special memories. These are the people who I called first when one of my girls was sick and I needed advice. These are the people who cheered me on when I was up all night with a toddler and had to go to work the next day. These are the people who were always there for my family, in good times and in difficult times. These are people I am fortunate enough to call friends.

The scripture, Luke 1:39, begins by saying “At that time Mary got ready and hurried…” You need to back up a little bit to understand why Mary was in such a hurry. The angel Gabriel had just told Mary that she was to give birth to the Son of God and to top off that unbelievable news, Mary was also told that one of her relatives, Elizabeth was pregnant with a child. This too was a miracle because Elizabeth was older and had been unable to have a child.

Mary rushes to Elizabeth and you can almost hear their conversation. They were probably excited and probably also nervous and apprehensive. The most beautiful part of this story to me is that these two women were there for each other. They shared this moment and supported each other during this exciting, yet difficult, time in their lives.

Luke 1:46-55 is a part of scripture known as Mary’s Song. It’s a wonderful passage where Mary praises God for His faithfulness and for all He has done in her life.

Then, we read in Luke 1:56 that Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months.

Was it the encouragement and friendship that Mary received from Elizabeth that allowed her to see all God was doing in her life? I love that Mary and Elizabeth were there for each other during a time that was marked by many unknowns for both of them.

I love that I can look back on the years of raising my girls and think of those times where my friends have been there also to strengthen and support me. God knew that we needed friends as we walk along this earthly journey. Have you found your people? If not, consider joining a life group to walk alongside you.