I have to admit, I have been staring at Luke 1 all week. I've read the passage 100 times. We are using parts of it for Revive, parts of it for Sunday Church, and for this blog. I've read it and re-read it.
Today, i have more questions than answers. Maybe because I'll give some answers in my sermons/challenges/discussions in the next few days, but here are my questions.
1) What did Zechariah do so badly when he asked Gabriel that question? So many people have questioned God, and God has allowed it. Why was Gabriel so angry? It always gets me. (also, later on, Mary asks a similar question and is called holy and blessed!)
2) How would God prophesy so much about this child, but make his Dad mute--shouldn't he have spread the word about this amazing thing coming to pass.
Maybe question 2 answers question 1. Maybe if powerful Zechariah had talked about this messiah coming something would have happened to Mary. Something would have happened to Elizabeth. Maybe making him mute was keeping him safe.
I know some of the things I thought were the worst most awful things in my life, were really just setting up miracles that came later. Now, its way outside of what I believe to think that God brings evil in our lives--but my goodness so often I don't know the goodness between good and evil. So often I think the worst things for me or to me or around me are so often the things that make everything else fall into place. Maybe I sound too naieve or too hopeful or too optimistic by saying it. But if I could see every event through God's eyes, maybe I would be happier. Maybe if I saw the big picture I could see an illness or a move or a disappointment as a way for God to move big, I could save myself unhappiness.
That's my goal for this week--to breathe and see the big picture. To love beyond measure, and to make room in my heart for Emmanuel to come. Do you have space yet?