What has become known as “The Visitation” the young Mary sought out the older Elizabeth and together they were able to recognize God’s saving ways in and through them.
They learned how to live into seemingly impossible and terrifying but life-giving promises. The same can be true for us, too. We can seek out other older women who help us make sense of what God is up to in our lives.
Like Mary, when trying to make sense of what God is stirring up in me, I often go to visit older women friends. Like Elizabeth, they give me perspective, helpful feedback, affirmation, the right questions, and courage. They help me to see and recognize what God is doing in my life. And hopefully, through those conversations, something in them leaps with hope and perspective, too. These are contemporary visitations of sorts, where both women are blessed.
This message is adapted from “Faith reflections: Faith in action” written by Sara Olson-Smith that first appeared in the April 2014 issue of Café magazine. Today, on Memorial Day, we remember the visit of Mary to Elizabeth.