THE POWER OF THE MEANWHILE
Luke 1: 21-24
“Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.”
At the same time as you are doing what you are doing, whether you are in success or struggling when perhaps the centre stage is the whole stage and you see no one else or nothing changing, remember this word: Meanwhile.
Meanwhile … the people were wondering … and Elizabeth was waiting and in her waiting she was being prepared for Zechariah. God was working in her womb, making her fertile for the very first time, waiting for her now dumb husband to come home to her.
You don’t see it all.
You are only part of God’s story not the other way round.
In His story He has many people and He moves them into place.
You may have lost out.
You may be struggling in that place.
But it may not be how it is for much longer.
There are things happening right now that you do not even see or could possibly imagine.
Things are shifting, circumstances are changing for other people, preparations are taking place, do not give up hope.
You are part of the community of God who believe in this: THE POWER OF MEANWHILE.
Tomorrow, Sunday, social media will be alive of what God has done in many church services that day. Meanwhile at the same time in other places of the world Christians flee from their homes, Church buildings are being burnt and further threats to those who witness we being made.
Should we assume that God is in one place but not the other? No.
Should we be careful not to be too happy in one place out of respect for the other? No.
You see, MEANWHILE is just how life is and how God works.
God is working the story of this world.
In one place it is good, meanwhile in another place it is bad. However, God is in control of both. He is working His story on the earth. We will one day look back and see how He wove it altogether.
So what do we do? We rejoice with them that rejoice and we mourn with them that mourn. We realise that whatever is taking place we cannot generalise and say this is what is happening all over the world nor should it, for in the meanwhile, God may be doing something very different and maybe allowing something very shocking to take place as the chapters of this amazing life are being written.
At the same time the people were outside of the experience of heaven that Zechariah was having. He was inside and they were outside.
- One man was having an experience and meanwhile the people were waiting.
- One couple had prayed for years and meanwhile God was waiting till they were past all possibility.
- One man had forgotten about the prayers of old and meanwhile God was choosing him miraculously to enter the Holy of Holies.
- One man performed his duty as all the previous priests had done and meanwhile God was sending Gabriel to him.
Which part of the meanwhile are you in? Where are you?
If you abandon ship now because it doesn’t make sense then you have not understood THE POWER OF THE MEANWHILE.