Sometimes we have to wait
Toward the beginning of the Gospel of Luke, the angel Gabriel comes to Zechariah to announce the birth of his son. The angel tells Zechariah that the child will be filled with the Holy Spirit and will change people’s hearts to prepare them for the coming of the Lord. Zechariah cannot believe this to be true so the angel strikes Zechariah mute for his disbelief. For months, Zechariah is unable to speak.
When the child is born, and he is to be named, Zechariah’s wife Elizabeth declares the child’s name to be John. When people questioned the name, Zechariah writing on a tablet confirms what Elizabeth has said. Having confirmed the name, Zechariah who once was struck mute is now free to declare the good news – his son will be the herald of the hoped-for Messiah. Zechariah is filled with the Holy Spirit and cannot help but to sing a song of praise to God.
Advent is a time of waiting and a season of already and not-yet. We are already in the reign of Christ, but we do not yet see the full reality of God’s kingdom. The light has come, but we still long for it to shine to its fullest extent.
Sometimes it is difficult to see what God has in store. Sometimes we need a period of sitting in silence until we can see the full reality of what God is doing. Sometimes we need the time before we can sing at the top of our lungs of God faithfulness, grace, and peace.
Bart Roush is pastor of Madison Square Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX.
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