How Will You Handle the Next Big Thing?

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Image credit: <a href="">Cornelia Kopp</a>

Luke 1:21-25

Meanwhile, the people outside were waiting for Zack, wondering what was taking so long in the sanctuary. When he finally came out, he couldn’t talk. Instead, he made gestures without saying a word, and they realized that he’d had a vision in the sanctuary. After his term of service ended, he went home, and Liz got pregnant. She kept the pregnancy secret for five months, telling herself, “God is up to something. God has blessed me, so that I am no longer an embarrassment to my family.”

When something big happens, it takes a while to adjust. But sooner or later everyone is going to know.

With Zack, everyone knew sooner. He couldn’t talk. It was pretty clear right away that something had happened. Certainly, Liz knew very soon that something had happened.

And that’s the other thing about something big happening. We may think of it as happening to us. But it’s bound to affect those around us. And then they will also have to deal with it, too. And the way they deal with it may not be the same as the way we do.

Zack’s big thing turned out to be such a major event for Liz that it took her five months to decide how to handle it. But five months is just about as long as you can hide a pregnancy. Then everyone knows. Eventually she decided it was a good thing. She wouldn’t have to put up with her mother in law riding her about when she was ever going to get grandchildren.

But it took time to figure out. She hadn’t been privy to the messenger’s revelation to Zack, and now Zack wasn’t talking. She knew God was up to something, but she was clueless what it was.

Nearly any big event, nearly any unexpected turn of events, has the capacity to be good or bad. Bane or blessing. And a lot has to do with how we respond to it. Sometimes we have a little time to mull it over. But respond we must. And quite often our response determines whether what has happened turns out to be a miracle or a curse.