We have so many hopes in this life, and many of the biggest and best hopes are about old dreams. Sometimes we never realize what we had hoped for, and we are reoriented to make the most of our journey along the way, aiming to give God the glory in the “regular” life we live.
Yet, as we serve God, and we try to fulfill His will for our lives in our day to day routine, sometimes, something providential changes the scope of our course. An answered prayer brings new promise and new dreams. A new hope brings new understanding to our way of doing things, and suddenly the mundane takes on new meaning.
It can also bring fear and doubt. A dead dream is hard to awaken, especially if we don’t see that the new vision is a new version of the old dream, but with God’s hand pulling forward now instead of holding back. If we push against the hand of God, the promise is still to come, but with the added burden of a season of silence until the season of fullness is come.
Don’t doubt that God can use you as His instrument, despite your supposed limitations. You are also a promised child (Ephesians 1:4-5), even though you started out as a problem child (Ephesians 5:8). Have faith: if you live beyond reproach, God will take away your reproach.
Zechariah and Elizabeth knew these things exactly.