Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this? My wife and I are very old.”The angel replied, “I am Gabriel. I stand in God’s presence. I was sent to speak to you and to bring this good news to you. Know this: What I have spoken will come true at the proper time. But because you didn’t believe, you will remain silent, unable to speak until the day when these things happen.” – Luke 1:18-20
I have been unable to speak many times in my life.
Once when I was getting married. Everything around me just froze and I found myself unable to form words.
Once when I was getting ordained. I felt the hands of my mentors and friends on my shoulders and I found myself mute in that moment.
Once when I found out we were getting children. My wife and I are unable to have children or so we thought. This past year we became foster parents to three amazingly wonderful children with the hope to one day become permanent parents. I remember sitting in the sanctuary crying and then I found myself unable to speak. I still worry and doubt, but Zechariah reminds me to be silent while the Lord works in mysterious ways.
How does God render you speechless?