Read Luke 1:39-56
The word that jumps out to me in verse 39 is "hurried". Mary had this world-changing encounter with the Gabriel and she rushes to see her relative, Elizabeth. As we say now, she knows she needs to process this with someone, a close friend that will understand. And if anyone could understand, it would be Elizabeth, who has her own unique conception story. When they meet, there is a spirit of joy and thanksgiving. They have received an unexpected gift and they are overflowing with gratitude. This is remarkable considering that neither one of them was in the usual situation of having a baby. I'm sure some people commented about Elizabeth being too old to have a baby and others probably raised their eyebrows at Mary's young pregnancy. But even if others didn't understand, these women were thankful.
None of us knows what life will bring. We can have our futures planned out with school plans, career paths, steps to prosperity. But God is the one who holds our days. No one plans on car accidents, cancer, job loss, or disability. These are things that come without us knowing or planning. And yet God is with us wherever our path goes.
Even if the path is difficult, we can respond with songs of praise.