December 22, 2017
Posted: December 22, 2017
A Devotion for Your Day
by Jami Day
How many of you have ever taken the Myers Briggs personality test? This personality test revealed to me that I am an ENFJ. The E stands for expressive, and for those of you who know me know I am a talker. Even as a baby, my parents said the neighbors in the next door apartment commented on how loud I babbled.
In today's scripture we witness the birth of John the Baptist. His aging parents, Zechariah and Elizabeth, righteous in the eyes of God, were finally blessed with a child after many years of waiting. Zechariah was a priest and told by an angel in the temple that his wife would bear a son. Because of his disbelief, God took away his voice and he became mute until the day his son John was born. Nine months? Some people say that this was a punishment for his mistrust in God's promise. But, I think it was a blessing as well. Why? Thirteen years ago, we adopted our precious daughter from Colombia and spent six weeks in a Spanish speaking country in a Spanish speaking housing complex. All the staff who cooked, cleaned, and cared for us only spoke Spanish. And after two weeks, my husband returned to the United States, and I spent the rest of the time there without him to talk to. I realized over time that I was not talking much at all. Nobody understood English anyway, so I just pantomimed a lot. It was like a four-week-long game of charades. As time went by, I found myself talking more and more to God; an internal dialogue of sorts. It was absolutely beautiful. I felt closer to my heavenly father more than ever before. It was then that I truly started to understand what it meant to hear God's voice.
After John the Baptist was born, Zechariah wrote down his son's name on a slate revealing his belief in God's promise. God opened Zechariah's mouth again to speak. He went on to prophesy about the life God had planned for his son John. Maybe over those nine months he grew closer to God? Maybe.
And eventually, I traveled back home to the states and started babbling again. But some days I miss that time of my life. I felt so close to God. So, today I challenge you to try not to talk at all. This sounds strange but trust me, it's amazing; a blessing. Just listen to God with your eyes and with your heart, especially this time of year, as we reflect on the birth of our Savior. Have an internal dialogue with your heavenly father. I believe you will grow closer to him too.
Jami Day serves in Children's Ministry and works with 4th and 5th grade students.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-985-7345