Dear Christian Sisters,
After everyone at the temple saw that Zacharias couldn’t speak, Zacharias and Elizabeth went home. Luke says:
After these days, Elizabeth his wife became pregnant…
Can you imagine Elizabeth and Zacharias’ excitement? Not only were they finally pregnant, Zacharias now knew what the angel said was true! Confirmation!
…and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.”
I find it sad that we think of not being able to have children as a disgrace.
If you are unable to have children, my love pours out for you. I am praying for you as I write.
Know that even if the Lord has not given you the ability to bear children, you can have spiritual children.
Isaiah 54:1-4 says:
“Woman, be happy! You have not had any children, but you should be very happy.
“Yes, the woman who is alone will have more children than the woman with a husband.” This is what the Lord says.
“Make your tent bigger. Open your doors wide. Don’t think small! Make your tent large and strong, because you will grow in all directions. Your children will take over many nations and live in the cities that were destroyed.
“Don’t be afraid! You will not be disappointed. People will not say bad things against you. You will not be embarrassed. When you were young, you felt shame. But you will forget that shame now. You will not remember the shame you felt when you lost your husband.”
Take heart. God has a plan.