Elizabeth was no spring chicken. In fact she was well beyond menopause and her prayer for a child had never been answered – a stigma for women of her time. She probably had given up. When given the news that she would bear a son in her old age, it must’ve been more than a surprise.
When her husband, Zacharias came home from his duties at the temple, she had to see that something was different about him. Whatever it was literally took his voice away and it wouldn’t return again until his son came into the world.
After the first few weeks and even months, the signs were all there and she realized it was true. How long she had waited! Even the burden of morning sickness and swollen feet would be bearable through God’s intervention. I’m sure her emotions were flying like they would on a roller coaster ride. She had to be so happy that God hadn’t forgotten her, and yet to think about giving birth and raising a child at her age must’ve been pretty upsetting to her as well. The Bible says she spent the next five months in seclusion when she realized her prayers had been answered.
I can imagine her thanking God for this wonderful blessing and asking Him to give her the strength and patience to be a good parent. Isn’t it funny how God’s plans for us don’t always match our timeline? There is a purpose for everything in His master plan for our salvation. We just don’t know how we fit into the scheme of things. In fact we often visit that same roller coaster in our own lives and just about when we want to give up, God answers our prayers. Sometimes we wish He would answer them sooner and to our liking, but He always answers our prayers in His time and according to His will.
Elizabeth would give birth to John, the Baptist. The child would grow to be the forerunner of Jesus. He would preach the sermon of repentance to all who listened and remind them that their salvation was about to be obtained – that the true Messiah was on His way.
Thank you, Lord for keeping my future in your hands. The excitement of not always knowing what lies ahead can be thrilling, but knowing that you are putting everything in place for my benefit far outweighs the feeling of insecurity I often feel. Help me to look to you, for with you, anything is possible. Amen!