Every Wednesday a group of wonderful women meet at my house for small group. They all come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but what unites them is their desire to become a MOM. This was me more than six years ago and my heart behind leading the small group. I want the women to know they aren’t alone and to give them hope. Plus God has a lot to say on the subject.
A couple weeks ago, we were talking about Zechariah and Elizabeth. They were leaders in their Jewish community, and Zechariah served in the temple as a priest. Both were upright citizens and known for their Godly character. However, Zechariah and Elizabeth found themselves whispered about in their community for not having the one thing they desired the most: a baby. At this time in Jewish culture, you were considered cursed (or not having God’s blessings) if you found yourself childless. Year after year went by, and now they were too old to have a baby of their own. But the story isn’t over here, even if Zechariah and Elizabeth’s hope was.
One particular day while at work, Zechariah found himself the lucky man whose lot was chosen for entering the Holy Place in the Temple. Twice daily incense was burned from the Holy Place and smoke rose high for the community to know when it was time to pray. Zechariah was chosen out of 20,000 priests! This wasn’t just luck; it was a series of God-ordained events because God wanted to send a special visitor that day with an important message for Zechariah.
The angel Gabriel came face-to-face with Zechariah and brought a message of HOPE…
“Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord . . . to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:13-16)
The angel’s message seemed too good to be true! A son born to Zechariah and Elizabeth in their old age who would prepare the way for their Lord and Savior . . . amazing!! But something was screaming at him louder than what the angel was saying: his OLD AGE! And he allowed his doubt to scream to him instead of God’s promise of a baby.
This makes me think about the times I’m home alone with my two children and it feels like I’m putting out one fire after another. “Mom, I went potty! Come wipe me!! Mom, I hurt myself! Come quick!! Mom, I need some socks! Where are they?!” It seems whoever is screaming the loudest is who I run to first and gets all my attention.
Are you allowing something to scream at you today? Did you get a diagnosis from the doctor that is terrifying? Are you inching closer to retirement with no savings built up? Do you have a child who has turned from God and is making poor choices? Zechariah allowed his old age to scream louder at him than the angel of the Lord that was standing right before him with an answer to all his prayers!
Let’s learn from Zechariah today. May we be so confident in God and our relationship with Him that we allow HIS WORDS to scream the loudest!
Hi, I am Tanya Jo. I feel so honored to say that I am a mother to two small children. After years of struggling to have children filled with countless prayers, several doctor’s appointments, lots of money, and endless tears, I love that I can say that! My heart behind blogging is to encourage those who are waiting, lift them up, and point them to the only thing that will truly give them life: Jesus! I am also passionate about finding your WHY. Why are you here for such a time as this? What passions and desires has God put inside of you? Use them while you wait to serve others. While I waited, I developed my gift of decorating, and you’ll find some of that on the blog, too. You can find more faith, finds, and fertility at www.tanyajo.com.