Zechariah and Elizabeth were good people, upright and “blameless according to all of the commandments and regulations of the Lord”, but an elderly couple who remain childless. When the angel tells Zechariah that finally God has heard his longing and his prayer and that Elizabeth will bear him a child, he is astounded! He is also doubtful! “I’m an old man and my wife is now up in years, how can this be possible?” he asks in total disbelief!
God’s time is often not OUR time. We pray and we pray, hoping, asking, begging and nothing seems to happen. God does not seem to answer our prayer. So, we give up and just try to make the best of it. Perhaps the best response is to keep our hearts open to God’s miracles, confidant that miracles really do happen. Of these miracles happen at unexpected times and in unexpected ways. Our God is indeed a God of surprises. Stay awake and watch!