Check out this post on waiting for a God who never comes. I am excited for the author to post parts 2 and 3 of this series.
Actually read all of the guy's Advent posts. Wonderful.
And this article challenged me a lot.....Mary was favored by God, but I bet being asked to have a child out of wedlock (or so others would believe) and facing the possibility of losing her fiance and her reputation PROBABLY DIDN'T SEEM LIKE FAVOR to Mary. But she had faith because she considered God faithful! So should we!