Mary and I were with our Alabama kids in Tuscaloosa. The Tide was in Starkville to take on the Bulldogs. 2:30 pm was the hour of reckoning and we were all gathered at my son-in-law dad and mom's house with the big screen. Back in 2014 Mary and I had been in Alabama for Wiley, Harvey’s younger brother's marriage to Emily. (He teaches and coaches high school basketball and Emily is an accountant.) They were now more than a year into their marriage as they drove into the driveway a little before game time.
I was across the yard so Mary saw Emily first. Her glow and Wiley's beaming pride gave their news away, Emily was fourteen weeks. Talk about joy and congratulations! Wiley and Emily were thrilled, and now that little baby has a little brother.
Zechariah, John the Baptist’s dad, had given up hope that he would ever hear, like John Wiley, “Honey, I’m pregnant.” But God had a surprise.
"Now the people were outside wondering what was happening when Zechariah was delayed in the Temple. When he finally came out, he was not able to speak to them. He made hand signals but remained mute. When he completed his days of ministry, he returned home. After these days, Elizabeth, his wife, conceived, but she kept it a secret for five months saying, 'Surely the Lord has done this for me. He saw me and removed my disgrace.’" Luke 1:21-24
Because he didn’t believe Gabriel, God’s angel, Zechariah couldn't speak to Elizabeth when she told him she was pregnant. Now he might not have been able to talk, but I’ll bet Zechariah was even more excited than John Wiley when he found out that he was to be a father. He expressed his love to his wife. God kept his promise, and John the Baptist arrived nine months later.
LORD, thank you that you’re a God who not only gives new babies to young couples, but in your redemptive story, you love to create new life in couples like Abraham and Sarah and Zechariah and Elizabeth. Thanks that you never changed your mind that we need to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
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