Could it really be? After so many years of praying, was it actually possible that the Lord had finally heard her prayers?
Earlier her husband Zacharias had come home unable to speak, making all kinds of funny signs with his hands. Exasperated,he finally found some paper and wrote, “I saw an angel and he said, God has heard our prayers, we are going to have a son. His name will be John, and he will be great in the sight of the Lord.”(Luke 1:13-14)
Still hours later she could hardly comprehend such great news. Was it possible that all the years she had been mocked and spoken ill of were to finally come to an end? Would her family finally see her as more than the barren one?
Years and years she and Zacharias had prayed, never giving up hope that the Lord God could answer their prayers. Despite what the doctors and time said, they knew God was greater and bigger.
“After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant,and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.” (Luke 1:24-25)
I’m always amazed as I read the stories of Christmas. The story of Elizabeth and Zacharias is one that always brings me great hope. For years they had wanted desperately to have a baby, but as the years passed, it never came to be. I’m sure there were days of discouragement and dread of family gatherings. I know Elizabeth must have wrestled at times with the lie that God had forgotten her or that He didn’t care. Zacharia too must have felt helpless. Understanding the desire of his wife’s heart and seeing her pain. Longing as well for a son to carry on the family name. Yet, not being able to fix the problem.
The only thing they had was prayer and their faith that God was greater and bigger than their problem. Knowing that nothing was impossible for Him, they clung to hope and faithfully prayed, never giving up!
For many Christmas is just hard. And as another year comes to a close, prayers prayed that have been seemingly unanswered feel hopeless.
Yet with God, nothing is hopeless. He is the God of the impossible. He is the God who moves mountains and parts seas.
So I encourage you, don’t give up. Keep praying, keep believing because He is able. The Lord sees and knows your heart. You are not forgotten nor forsaken.