It is worth noting that to experience the awesomeness of God is not restricted to age. The Lord says to Jeremiah not to despise his youth and don’t say “but I am only a child”. On the other hand Moses was 80 when the call of God came to him and he led the largest congregation of people in history. We are never too young or too old to allow His kingdom to come and work in and through us.
Notice as well that these two were women. God’s call on your life is not hindered by your gender. Jeremiah 1 says that before you were formed in the womb I knew you. God was not surprised when you were born by your gender, colour, nationality or the place you live! Our times are in His Hands and He has called each of us to fulfil a unique destiny for His purpose.
Elizabeth confirmed the call of God on Mary’s life when she walked in the door for even John leapt in her womb at just the sound of her voice. I can see Mary and Elizabeth jumping around, holding hands and excitedly proclaiming the wonders of their great God! What an exciting time it would have been seeing Elizabeth six months pregnant just like the angel said!
The call of God was on these women and on the offspring they were carrying. Elizabeth would give birth to John who would be the last prophet of the Old Testament. Mary being the younger would be the woman to give birth to the One that would bring the New Covenant into being.
Both John and Jesus had a purpose. John came to prepare the way of the Lord. The hearts of the people were hard and he was preparing them – turning the soil of their hearts to receive the One to come. Jesus also had a purpose and that was to destroy the works of the evil one. He did that by bringing the Kingdom of God to the people.
Each of us has a call and a destiny to fulfil. You won’t be the mother of Jesus – the Saviour of the world. But you could be the mother or teacher, Sunday school teacher, friend or pastor of someone who through knowing you has a supernatural encounter with God and goes on to do great exploits. We all have a purpose and a destiny to fulfil.