As God ushered in the three decades that would change the entire course of history, He was not among the wealthy and powerful. Instead, He was with two humble and unknown women – an old barren woman and a young virgin.
Old and Barren
Elizabeth was barren and beyond childbearing years . In her culture, not to have children was a disgrace  and, unlike today, there was nothing she could do about it medically. Yet, even though she and her husband Zacharias may have felt neglected by God for years, they continued to worship Him . Then, one day, as Zacharias was going about his regular priestly services, an angel told him that God was giving him a son named John and that he would be the forerunner of the Messiah “to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” .
Young and Virginal
Mary, on the other hand, was a teenager and a virgin. In fact, since she was not yet married to her fiancé Joseph, it is unlikely that Mary even wanted to be pregnant! Yet, an angel told Mary that the Spirit was going to conceive within her a son, who would be the Son of God and reign over the house of Jacob forever. As confirmation, he told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was already pregnant, thus demonstrating that God the Creator was not dependant on the state of a woman – whether barren or untouched: “For nothing will be impossible with God” .
As Luke wrote to his wealthy patron, Theophilus, he emphasized the cheerful humilities of Elizabeth and Mary. When Elizabeth discovered that she was pregnant, she said, “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me” . Similarly, she told to Mary, “How has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?” . Likewise, Mary sang, “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave” .
Lord, You are not partial to powerful. You are not impressed by our accumulation of knowledge or wealth. Rather, you love those who fear you, humble themselves, and embrace self-denial for your sake. Father, make us aware of our lowliness and fill our hearts with the awe of your condescension. Cause our souls to feel your greatness and mercy. Amen.
 Luke 1:7 NASB |  When Elizabeth discovered that she was pregnant, she proclaimed, “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men” (Luke 1:25 NASB). |  See Luke 1:6. Recently, I have had the occasion to reflect upon the fact that disappointment in life’s circumstances is usually not a one-time moment. Rather, it happens moment-by-moment. In fact, month-by-month, Elizabeth may have been disappointed that she was not conceiving a child. I cannot imagine how difficult this must have been for her. |  Luke 1:17 NASB |  Luke 1:37 NASB |  Luke 1:25 NASB |  Luke 1:43 NASB |  Luke 1:46-68 NASB