My very first position as a church worker was in Katy, Texas. After four years of college, I was placed at Memorial Lutheran Church. It was such a wonderful place to start my professional ministry. There were tons of people who adopted their new intern and made me feel like family.
Over time, however, things slowly changed. The dreaded “church politics” monster reared its ugly head as people fought about what types of worship were acceptable, what color carpets and paints to use on the new expansion, and what shape tables are best for middle school students.
It was about this time that I felt like God was calling me to a new ministry, but He seemed to be taking His time about it. The longer I waited, the harder it was to keep hope alive. Zechariah and Elizabeth knew something about waiting a long time for God to act:
But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years. Luke 1:7 (ESV)
Just when things looked hopeless, God stepped in. He sent the angel Gabriel to Zechariah and promised a son. At first Zechariah doubted how this could happen—after all, they were far too old to have children. But what God promises, he always delivers. Nine months later, John the Baptist was born to Zechariah and Elizabeth.
What have you been hoping and patiently waiting for God to do? What promise are you waiting for Him to fulfill? As we start the Advent season, we are reminded of so many who waited patiently for God’s promised Savior, joining with them as we eagerly wait for Jesus’ return.
So let’s be encouraged by God’s faithfulness. Let’s wait patiently for fulfillment of all our hopes, because what He has promised, He will accomplish.