Mary and Elizabeth are arguable two of the most important women in the whole Bible. That’s because Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist, and Mary was the mother of Jesus. The two women are referred to as relatives in the Bible, and most people believe they were cousins–although, Elizabeth was much older than Mary.
“Now the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation was this. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.’” (Luke 1:20-23)
When Mary heard these words from the angel, she was confused. After all, she was a young virgin (historians believe in her teens). She was not yet married. When the angel stated that she would bear the son of God, she asked how this was possible. Gabriel then stated that nothing was impossible with God, and even Mary’s relative, Elizabeth, in her advanced years was able to conceive a child as well.
The Mother of the Savior Needed Mentorship Too
Mary was destined to be the mother of the Savior, yet when she found out this news, she went to someone she trusted for mentorship: her older cousin, Elizabeth. While Jesus is the son of God and the only perfect human to talk this earth, Mary was still a human. While it doesn’t describe in the Bible everything she felt, she was likely overwhelmed and maybe a little frightened. She was joyous that she had been chosen to carry the son of God, but she probably was still confused. That’s why she immediately went to her cousin for mentorship.
“Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to the city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed there would be fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.” (Luke 39-45, 56)
The book of Luke doesn’t exactly explain why Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months, but it is fairly clear. The younger woman depended on her older cousin for council and guidance. Additionally, since Elizabeth had experienced her own miracle in the conception of her child, she could understand Mary better than anyone else.
Applying this to Modern Life
God thought highly enough of Mary to choose her out of all the women on Earth to carry His son. This is certainly a high commendation of Mary’s character. However, even though Mary was so special, she still needed mentorship from someone else. She depended on her older cousin for guidance.
If the very mother of God needed a mentor, it certainly would seem that we could all benefit from guidance from others. Mary went to Elizabeth during one of the biggest moments in her life.
For people in the modern day, there is an important lesson that can be learned here. During our biggest moments –during the time when we face uncertainties, overwhelming incidents, and even our greatest joys – we need a mentor more than ever. That’s why it is so important for people to seek out mentors in their lives and others should seek to be a mentor when they can.
The mother of Jesus needed mentorship from someone who could understand, and this makes it clear that mentorship is extremely important, that we all need mentorship especially during life-changing moments.
Know that I am sending you the best that God has to offer you and I will see you up, up, and over the top.