"In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth" (Luke 1:39-40, ESV).
Even Mary went with haste. She was rushed. Just like us. Well not exactly like us but don't you know she had much to do? The birth of the Son of God was coming and there were people to see, things to talk about, and preparations to be made. She heard good news, yet life-changing, startling news and she went quickly to one who could help her put it all into perspective. Mary want to a safe place with a safe person to discuss things.
Mary was hurried to a town to visit Elizabeth (Luke 1:39) and Elizabeth helped Mary see things in God's eyes - that the Holy Spirit was with her and she was filled and favored (Luke 1:39-41). Elizabeth was a relative but she was a mentor. Elizabeth took Mary in and can you even imagine all the discussions that may have taken place? I'm sure they pulled out the Scriptures and poured over them. Even though there was much to do, they took the time to be spiritually prepared.
In the middle of the Christmas rush, know that God is there and that He has brought us favor in the Messiah, Jesus Christ. As we physically prepare and even rush to get things accomplished, let's remember that God wants us to be spiritually prepared. In the days of getting ready, let's take time to read the Word, to share it with others, and to be a shining light. When we are spiritually prepared, we will have a ready and Spirit-filled response for that unexpected situation in which we find ourselves.
In the rush, let's be ready spiritually as well as physically. Have a "Mary" Christmas!