“Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible” (Lk 1:36, 37)
Angel Gabriel came from heaven to Mary. His words were not his own, but God’s who sent him. Just imagine that! What does an angel know about ‘old age’? Does the word ‘menopause’ is whispered in heaven? How do they talk about barren women in the angels’ club? An angel does not grow old. His wings do not turn grey. No wrinkles are found on seraphic angels. They do not understand the weaknesses and trials we humans face on earth.
The doctor in Jerusalem surely told Elizabeth that she is too ‘advanced in years’ to be a mother. Her priest gave her no more hope. Her dream of having a baby has to be buried with her. Her prayers met God’s door locked. No angel had the key. She may have resigned to be a foster mother to other children. Maybe she can be a teacher… or a nanny to other children… what else?
But things changed overnight. When men give up, God comes down. Always study the moment when hope seems dead. God likes to come at the end waiting times… God likes to do things like these; just so that we give Him alone all the glory. That day God sent a special Angel with a life drop taken from the ocean of glory. The Angel brought a message of love from above. No sickness, no weakness, no mountain of opposition could stop the Word from conceiving. Elizabeth’s name means ‘My God is Abundance’. As simple as that: God the Provider came and gave her a son. The God of abundance brought baby John to his waiting parents.
What is the lesson? Divine abundance may come early or may come later in life. But it will come at last!. Just believe! Let the poor say: I am rich! Let the sick say: I am healed! Let the single say: I am married! Let the barren say: I am a fruitful vine! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Dreams may still come true! For like the angel said: with God nothing will be impossible! What do you lose if you believe? Glory to God!