When you read Zechariah’s story in Luke 1, why do you think God made him mute? What did he do wrong?
Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like God has been trying to teach you an important lesson? What was the lesson? How did you learn it in the end? Are you thankful now that he taught it to you? Why or why not?
Why do you think Mary and Zechariah are compared in Luke 1? What is Luke trying to highlight in each of them through the comparison?
What would it have cost Mary to have welcomed the plan of God for her life described by the angel in Luke 1:35-37? What reasons would she have had to reject or despise God’s plan for her life?
Describe a situation where your plan for your life went sideways and you were thrust into trusting God’s plans instead. How did you feel about it? What questions did you ask about God in that situation? Looking back on that situation, do you have a different perspective now than you did at the time it was happening to you?