23 When Zechariah’s week of service in the Temple was over, he returned home. 24 Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months. 25 “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.” (Luke 1:21-25 New Living Translation)
It is too easy to limit ourselves to the things we can see, not trusting in the things we can't see. We pray for miracles but don't expect them to happen. We ask God to help us but don't count on it. That was what happened with Zechariah. He prayed for a child, but didn't expect God to answer his prayer. But God did.
Zechariah walked out of the temple after seeing the angel Gabriel and was silent. God had taken his voice away. When Zechariah got home, God answered his prayer and Elizabeth conceived a son. God makes the impossible happen.
It is easy for us to ask for God's help and healing during this time of the Covid pandemic and political change in our nation. I wonder, are we like Zechariah, asking for God's help but not really expecting an answer. God's ways are not our ways. We may have to wait to see how God is working in our world, our nation, our state and our lives today. Elizabeth and Zechariah had to wait, too.
God blessed Elizabeth with a child and silenced Zechariah for his failure to believe. God makes the impossible happen. The big question is do we believe and are blessed or do we let doubts and fears control our thoughts that keep us from praising the Lord?