All who heard them pondered them and said, "What then will this child become?" For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him. Luke 1:66
How many parents (and grandparents, too!) look at their child and wonder what they will do with their life. Many times folks have looked at our child and declared that he would follow in our footsteps when he was grown. Any child of someone famous or infamous is already judged in terms of the future and what they will make of themselves.
And here is a verse about John. He has just been born and named by his parents. Now his father, who has been mute for months, begins praising God. His words make everyone who hears him think and wonder about this newborn. Just what will this child be? It is obvious that he has been blessed by God from this moment on. It is evident that God is with him in a special way.
How often do others look at you and see God's hand on you? I mean, John didn't do anything to have God's hand upon him. He was just born! Is God that evident in our own lives? If God didn't do anything to be noticed in the beginning of John's life, then God can be just as evident in our own lives. If that doesn't seem to be happening in your own life., don't blame God - I think God is just as with us as God was with John! So, it must be something we are doing - or are not doing - that prevents God's presence from being recognized in our own lives. May we be able to discern what that is!
Dear God, Thank you for being with us and desiring an evident closeness and influence that could be seen by all. Help us to recognize what we need to do or not do to make that possible. Amen.