Luke 1:57-58 (NKJV)
57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.
Romans 12:15 (NKJV)
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
On a hot summer day, the most exciting sounds a child or child like person can hear are the musical chimes of the ice cream truck. Like a bright light to a moth, the music stops children in mid path and beckons them with extreme force. Despite the fun of their current activity, the echo of “ring around the rosie” bouncing through the neighborhood is like brakes on a semi-truck.
You didn’t have to see the truck to get excited. All you had to hear or know was that the truck was coming.
The old saying, “You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream” is true! Everybody is screaming because everybody is getting something.
I argue that we need to start rejoicing when we recognize God blessing our friends and family. There is no victory in pouting, complaining, or worrying about when will you get what you believe you deserve. The fact that God is blessing your family is proof positive that He is on your pew, your block, your street, or in your house. Your turn is coming!
In Romans, Paul charges the Roman church to move with compassion. Rejoice and weep with others. As much as misery loves company, so does joy. Stop being a fair-weather friend – be there through it all. Joy is contagious – pass it on! Your turn is coming!
While Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist, I am confident people had their opinions. After all it was baby John that leaped in Elizabeth’s womb when she met with the then pregnant Mary, the mother of Jesus. In verse 58 of Luke chapter 1 it says that God showed her great mercy. I can only assume that the pregnancy was difficult based on that statement. The moment Elizabeth’s baby was born, it wasn’t just her family that got happy. Family is supposed to smile when good things happen to relatives, but do you see that her neighbors got happy also? It's ok, you can cheer for people you aren’t related to!
Your turn is coming! I hear the sound of blessings and all I can tell you to do is get ready. God is on His way to meet you and He is carrying exactly what you have been looking forward to. Rejoice with others and they will rejoice with you.