Offline for Five Months

When the course of his priestly assignment was completed, he went back home. It wasn’t long before his wife, Elizabeth, conceived. She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy. “So, this is how God acts to remedy my unfortunate condition!” she said.

(Luke 1:24-25 MSG)

In our social media driven world, we’re quick to snap a picture of our happy moments to share with everyone. But it doesn’t take long before we realize that not everyone is going to share our happiness. The “like” and “comment” functions only seem to work when we’re not as happy. (Social media users, you know what I’m talking about!)

There’s a particular verse in John the Baptist’s birth narrative that stands out to me. After finding out that in her old age Elizabeth was going to have a baby, “She went off by herself for five months, relishing her pregnancy.” Remember, this was a culture that considered infertility a disgrace. So after God blessed her, Elizabeth decided not to share the news of her pregnancy, but to relish it. Not for three months, but five months! Imagine your closest friends disappearing from social media for that long. You would probably start to wonder what happened to them. Elizabeth is a wonderful example of not forgetting to enjoy God’s blessing without having to tell the world first. Because no one is going to appreciate it as much as the person who has been blessed with it. Take the time to treasure God’s blessings in your life in private. People will eventually find out later. And by then, it won’t even matter if they share your joy because it’s not about them, but you.

You don’t have to post it to prove it.


Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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