Remain Open to the Unexpected

An angel visited Zacharias and told him that his wife would bear a son and call his name John and his birth would bring them great joy and gladness.

This seemed a little unexpected to this older, barren couple, but Zacharias reacted in unbelief. He’d come to expect that they wouldn’t have children.

He was struck dumb because he did not believe the angel of God, but in the course of his wife’s  pregnancy and delivery he knew that indeed this unexpected moment came from a divine source. In the days of his son’s birth he did find joy in the unexpected. (see Luke 1)

Depending on the course of our life, we can go in one direction for such a long time that changing course seems unlikely. Or we can want something for so long that we change our desires to match our circumstances. When our will and goals and desires don’t match our circumstances, we can lose hope and faith.

Sometimes, all that we need is a little time, like Zacharias, to adjust our expectations of what we thought would happen and open our heart to an unexpected path.

I’ve done that several times this year, seeking the right place and path for our family. With so many false starts in one direction or another, it was easy to close myself to possibilities. But, ultimately, the answer—an unexpected one—came.

Certainly, Mary didn’t expect to be the mother of baby Jesus, either, but when she questioned how this could be, the angel Gabriel said, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

And that knowledge brings joy in the unexpected.





  1. David Jensen
    Dec 18, 2012

    Cool, really very, very true

  2. Loretta
    Dec 18, 2012

    You do have a gift for putting feelings into words. Thanks for sharing you gift with us all.

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