The God of the Unexpected
She lived with the pain of unfulfilled longings, desires unmet, children held in her heart but never in her arms. Hope for bearing was now long past, the dreams of youth swallowed up by a barren womb. Scripture notes that Elizabeth was “righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord” yet she struggled under a shadow of shame.
In her culture, childlessness was viewed as a sign of God’s disfavor.
But things are not always as they appear.
I wonder if Elizabeth faced the brunt of local gossip or snide remarks. She may have wandered down many dark paths of the heart, questioning God’s purposes, struggling with envy as she watched her friends bear several children. She may have long since given up hope, but God had plans beyond what she could have imagined. And God’s good plans included her years of barrenness and the pain of an empty womb.
Her emptiness would make way for His greatest work in her life.
I love when God steps in and brings the unexpected. Little did Elizabeth know how God would use her youthful infertility to glorify Himself in her sunset years.
Before Gabriel’s shocking arrival, who would’ve thought Elizabeth would bear a child in her old age? Who could have imagined her son’s vital role as the forerunner of the Messiah? Who could have conceived that an angel would deliver this birth announcement?
Only the faith-filled heart expects God to step in to do the unexpected.
Elizabeth’s cold barrenness and years of humiliation melted like snow under warming sun as she praised God’s unexpected work in her life:
Her son would serve as the final Old Testament prophet, preparing the way for the new—God bringing the unexpected once again.
Perhaps you are in a cold and barren place today. Look beyond your current circumstances, beyond what you now see, with eyes of faith. Fix your heart on the One who can step into the darkest of nights and flood the sky with unexpected light.
He is the One who can bring life to the barren womb and deliverance to the captive.
Lay your need before Him. He is able. He is the God of the unexpected.
What would you like to see the God of the unexpected do in your life?
Adapted from my post 12.17.10 at www.truewoman.com.
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Welcome! I’m glad you’re spending a few moments with me here. It is astounding to think that in this small corner of the blogger world, women from across the globe can experience the adventure of growing together in Christ. I never planned to grow up and be a blogger but writing blogs allows me to disciple more women than I would ever have opportunity to actually meet.
My reason for writing is that I have to. This driving impulse to communicate God’s reality and goodness to others is like a burning fire. Because of who He is, the desire for others to know and love Him consumes me. He is my passion and I don’t want to waste a single day, but cram each moment full of living all out for His glory. I long for the day when all will know that He alone is God.
Kimberly Wagner is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Caleb and his wife Lindsey; Rachel and her husband Adam, and their daughter Teagan.
Kim’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women’s pursuit of God’s glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog and the Beyond BathTime blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word.
A dream was realized when I attended the first True Woman Conference in 2008. I’ll never forget looking around at thousands of women, freely worshipping God together, embracing their calling as women, and thinking, He’s doing it, He is birthing this movement!
In the late 1990s my friend, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, gave me two books that made a significant impact on my life. True Woman by Susan Hunt and The Feminist Gospel (later revised and entitled The Feminist Mistake) by Mary Kassian. My eyes were opened to how the feminist philosophy has permeated our culture and what a loss we’ve experienced as a result.Read more