And Yet, Both Women… (Mary and Elizabeth)

But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.

He will be great,
    be called ‘Son of the Highest.’
The Lord God will give him
    the throne of his father David;
He will rule Jacob’s house forever—
    no end, ever, to his kingdom.”

Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”

 The angel answered,

The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
    the power of the Highest hover over you;
Therefore, the child you bring to birth
    will be called Holy, Son of God.

“And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant! Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.” (Luke 1)


One was too old.

And one was too young.

And yet…

Elizabeth had always longed for a child. If she closed her eyes, she could almost feel the gentle baby breath on her cheek as she imagined what it would be nice to nuzzle in close for butterfly kisses and whispered, “I love you, a bushel and a peck…” Time had been a friend to ministry, and Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah, had thrived as leaders. But a quiet house echoed the continual reminder of the one prayer that lingered.

Mary was a teen, learning from her mother and grandmother how to bake and tend to a garden and keep a home welcoming for anyone who might visit. She was moments beyond a bat mitzvah, and moments before whatever the future might bring her. Babies were fun to cuddle at the Temple, and she did love the sound of a toddler’s laughter. She looked into the eyes of her beloved, Joseph, and dreamt about the family they would one day have. But that was down the road, long after engagement parties and weddings and finding a place of their own where he could grow his carpentry business and she could invite friends to the table for long, conversation-filled evenings.

And yet, both women would be told by God, “You’re having a baby…and your baby will change the world.”

John would bear witness.

And Jesus would redeem.

One would be a bear.

And one would be the Lion of Judah.

One would prophesy.

And one would be the Prophet.

One would pray for salvation.

And one would be the Savior.

One would reveal the light.

And one would be the Light of the World.

One was too old

And one was too young.

And yet…

Both women became part of the story of us. And in their story, we are reminded:

Nothing is impossible. There is redemption. There is salvation. There is your story, written by God. And He writes miracles.

Always. Always.


This story marks the beginning of many to come – stories that will #CelebrateOneWoman by sharing how beautiful and powerful your God-crafted design is. Each month, you’ll glimpse into the lives of women in scripture, meet women around the world who believe restoration is a reality, and walk the road with me as my life is transformed by what I’m learning from the women who continue to teach me how to lead and serve well. My prayer is that your life will be transformed too.
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About Ronne Rock

YOU ARE GOD'S HAND-CRAFTED DESIGN. AND I WANT TO CELEBRATE YOU.

We're in this together, and I am for you. I secure road signs with a hammer of hope, and clear the debris so they can be seen. I am your encourager. I walk and keep walking. Cheer and keep cheering. I invest, dive deep, and cherish most the stories being written in the lives of women who believe restoration is a reality on earth as it is in heaven. God holds the pen in those stories, “That one - I hold her. And that one - she is My delight. And that one - never snatched away.”  I am a mouthpiece of celebration for women. Redemption is our song. You can find even more encouragement in  "For You, Love" the prayer journals that invite you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. I'm currently writing One Woman Can Change the World, set to publish late spring 2020 (Revell). I'm honored to be represented by Credo Communications.

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