Elizabeth didn’t brag to all and sundry that she was pregnant. No, not at al. She was experiencing a miracle, yet she kept it to herself. Was she waiting to be really sure? Was she waiting for that actual baby to be in her arms? Was she a little bit embarrassed to be expecting a baby at her ripe old age of…? Perhaps she thought she might be accused of hallucinations or even lying!
Perhaps she intended to prove that the baby really was fathered by Zacharias. If she never left her home, it would be a definite given. I wonder if she wanted to hide from the horrible stories that women tell one another about birth pains and complications! Maybe she was waiting for that first little butterfly feeling of a live child in her womb?
In her fifth month of pregnancy, she finally speaks out.
When his time of service was completed, he returned home. After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” (Luke 1:23-15)
Remember now, that in the fifth month, some signs are normal and others might notice them. These include fatigue, swollen ankles, breathlessness, and a more active baby. And now, Elizabeth takes ownership of her condition, and spreads the word!
How do you handle a miracle?