Mr. Z and Ms. Beth’s Theme Song

Have you ever watched a kid wait for his turn to play at the park? Take a good look. Did you see how fidgety he got?

Have you observed “techie” guys drool over the latest gadgets? (Okay, I’m guilty with this one!)

Have you seen people becoming somewhat careless at swiping their credit cards to purchase that nice pair of shoes, that nice bag, or that gorgeously looking dress? (I was really tempted to say “ladies” instead of “people” here, but I want world peace. Haha! Well, I still mentioned it anyway. Sorry!)

Everything is just so accessible nowadays, don’t you think? Everything’s so quick. With a mouse click, you get to send a message. By a simple tap, you’re able to call a friend. Go online and chat with somebody today, and you’ll be able to find a boyfriend/girlfriend in a couple of weeks. Hmm… That sounded a bit extreme, but I guess that’s possible.

At the rate as to how technology is evolving today, would you still need snail mail? Perhaps not.  I guess a huge number of kids today doesn’t even know what a post office is for!

Point is: most of us want to have things right now. We can’t wait. There is no room for delay. There’s no place for what we call “delayed gratification”.

A not-so-famous couple in the New Testament era also had their own battle with waiting. They were not after purchasing the latest stuff, but they were simply longing for something more dear to them.  That is, to have a child.

If you’re somewhat familiar with the Jewish culture, you know that not being able to bear a child is a huge issue. Even in our context today, there’s an apparent stigma towards those without children. And, that’s just sad.

To further clarify the picture for you, I’d like to orient you that this couple faithfully served the Lord. Thanks to Dr. Luke (the gospel writer), we know now that they were “both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord” (cf. Luke 1:6).  Mister Z (just a nickname I made up) was a priest of the division of Abijah and Miss Beth was from the line of Aaron. Big names. But still, circumstances didn’t change. They’re old and don’t have a child.

Hmm… Imagine that for a moment. Here’s an aged man and woman who have surrendered their lives to the ministry, patiently waiting for a Messiah (of which they have no idea when He’d come), and pleading that they would have a child! If you’re familiar with this story, don’t immediately close this page. But I implore you to seriously place yourself in the shoes of this couple.  Please.

Think of the battle inside of them. Think of how people talk about them.  Think of how difficult it is to answer their questions of “why” and “when”. Just let that sink in to you for a few more seconds.

Pretty tough, right?

Yet you’d know in the succeeding verses that they never gave up on praying, waiting, and trusting. True enough, the Lord has something huge in store for them. Just wait and see.

During Mr. Z’s turn to go on with his duty at the temple, an angel (named Gabriel) appeared to him.  Being gripped by fear because of the presence of a mighty angel, Gabriel reassured that he has nothing to worry about. And this is what Gabe announced:

“Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.  And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” – Luke 1:13-17

WOW.  Look at all those details!  They didn’t have to think of a name!  They didn’t have to worry about the kind of job their child will be doing in the future! Everything has been provided! Plus, he’d be like a Elijah – a famous hero of the faith! Witness God’s favor upon this family!

Yet… being an old man and his wife who’s likewise advanced in years, Mr. Z could not just believe what Gabe has said, so he was unable to speak up until the baby (who will be eventually known as John the Baptist) made his first cry on his day of birth!

But here’s another thing that caught my attention. Check out Gabe’s reply to the old man’s doubtful statement. He responded this way:

“I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you good news.– Luke 1:19

When God asks you to patiently wait, in spite of the length of time involved, He’s preparing you for a story containing good news.  Even if there’s immense pain to go through with it, I believe that those who faithfully wait will end up having a kind of story that is worth sharing to every one and anyone.

Some of you may be waiting on God to restore a broken relationship (family, friends, etc.). Some may be trusting God to provide for their monthly bills.  Still others may be waiting on the Lord to heal a loved one who’s going through a rare kind of illness. You may be praying for a lifetime partner. Others may be waiting, after applying to different companies, to at least receive a reply by phone or e-mail.

Well, I really don’t know how your stories of waiting go. But I encourage you: endure the “waiting process” and not doubt, just as how Mr. Z and Ms. Beth learned it.  May we all learn “patient endurance” as we continue to run the race that God has laid before us.

As I conclude, I’d like to share a music video to you, which I’ve kept here in my drafts for some time.  I was praying for an opportunity as to when I could include this in one of my blogs, and I believe this is a fitting “theme song” for this entry.  The lyrics are included below, so I hope all these things – Scriptures, challenges, and this song – would help you meditate more on this lesson of waiting on the Lord.

God bless you!

While I’m Waiting (John Waller)

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Takeing every step in obedience
While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it’s not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve you while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting on You, Lord

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4 thoughts on “Mr. Z and Ms. Beth’s Theme Song

  1. Amen bro! I love that song as well and I totally agree to your message. Quite a coincidence din since we’ve just tackled the birth of John the Baptist just today. Let us pray for patience and more reason to trust in God. 😀

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