“Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost” -Luke 1:41
Elisabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, is a woman the bible specifically tells us “was filled with the Holy Ghost.” Yet her story remains as invisibly tucked away in our bibles as it was in that little village of the hill country nearly 2,000 years ago. With so many today seeking insight on the filling of the Holy Spirit, Elisabeth offers us an unexpected insight about the required preparations for being so filled.
At sixty years, Elisabeth is still a lovely woman. But she carries a wounded spirit. Her eyes alone tell much of the story. They are sad, yet tender, caring selflessly and understanding deeply. Stooped, humbled by life, wrinkled, and yet there is a certain grace about her. She is the wife of a priest, a pious man, promising in his youth, yet he has not achieved much over the years. His eyes are more distant, emptier somehow, all his early dreams as a young man long worn out of hope, long ago accepting loss. He is not quite bitter; there is more a deep sadness, making him look frail and unsure of his step. Zacharias and Elisabeth, you see, are childless.
And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. -Luke 1:7