Imagine something you have always wanted but could never have. For you to obtain or achieve this thing is actually impossible. Maybe it is a huge mansion or to be the most successful business person in the world. Let’s use a sports car for an example. This sports car is top of the line. Everyone wants it but few can actually afford it. This car costs more than you could possible make in a year. What if someone told you that the car was yours? Would you be skeptical or overwhelmed with joy? Would you think that this must be a scam because you couldn’t possibly afford something like that ever or would you take it for what it was and be joyful?
In essence, we are putting ourselves in the shoes of Zechariah and Mary (Read Luke Ch 1). Zechariah’s wife Elizabeth was barren. So when an angel told Zechariah that Elizabeth was to have a baby, he was skeptical. How could Elizabeth have a baby if she was barren? Because of Zechariah’s doubt, the angel silenced him so that he couldn’t talk until the birth of the baby. Now Mary wasn’t barren but she was a virgin. So how could she have a child if she was a virgin? Mary asked the angel this but instead of being doubtful, she was joyful. Mary accepted what was happening to her even though she wasn’t married yet. Typically, society looked down on people who were pregnant but not yet married. However, Mary and Joseph overcame this obstacle and remained joyful.
Really imagine being in their shoes. Would you have acted like Zechariah or Mary? I would like to think that I would be joyful and accept that this gift was from God. But it’s so hard to know if that’s what I really would have done. It’s kind of scary when you think about it because we really don’t know how anyone would respond until they are faced with that situation.
So I encourage you to be accepting of what comes from God. Be open to almost anything that life might throw at you. Yet, be cautious for not everything is good or in accordance with God’s will. Be ready for when the time comes for you to make a decision. Will you be doubtful or overwhelmed with joy? Will you be like Zechariah or Mary?