The excitement was too much. Mary left home as soon as she was able. Elizabeth was sixth months pregnant, and seeing Elizabeth would increase her faith and allow her to celebrate God’s grace. Mary believed His word and trusted. She didn’t need confirmation. She needed spiritual strength.
Unlike Elizabeth, whose reproach among people would be lifted by God’s word, Mary knew that reproach was coming because she was unmarried and expecting a baby. Nevertheless, this was thrilling news. She needed to see her pregnant cousin.
This was an extraordinary time. Not only was the long anticipated Christ coming, He was making His way through these rather common people. The red carpet was being rolled out. But there were no cameras, no lights, no press conferences. There was only a mention in the ears of a virgin girl, an old man, and his barren wife.
Even in these trifling events, God broke His silence in a spectacular way. It was the first miracle in nearly a millennium, the first angelic appearance in half a millennium, and the first time God had spoken in several generations. It was all happening at once. And yet, it was nothing compared to the thunderous Word that would be born into this world.