“But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, & you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.’” – Luke 1:13-15, NIV
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13, NIV
Have you been to a wedding or party where the hosts made a grand entrance? One that draws attention with a big to-do and wows the guests? While grand entrances may be impactful in the moment, sometimes simple entrances carry more longterm significance.
Before the angel Gabriel even foretold the birth of Jesus to his mother Mary, another woman conceived a baby that would make a “simple entrance.” The birth of John the Baptist—who would prepare the way for the Savior—was preceded by years of barrenness for Elizabeth, the High Priest Zechariah's wife and Mary's cousin.
To any woman who has desired, but been unable to bear children, there is no entrance more significant than a little one whom she has longed for and prayed for. Sitting with the reality of a barren woman finally meeting her own flesh and blood, that simple birth, actually seems quite grand. Maybe not with flashing lights and music, but in all the ways that ultimately matter.
Whether it’s the entrance of a new child, new relationship, or new season of life, what simple entrance is God calling your attention to today? Can you find His grandeur in the midst of the simple this advent season?