Matthew starts his gospel account with a genealogy. Luke with detailing that this happened when Quirinius was governing Syria. The reason being, that each gospel writer wanted to anchor their account in historical fact. This story is not “once upon a time.” This is not something that happened, “a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” This real. The Word becoming flesh was real. Immanuel, God with us, really happened.
And if this – the promise of all promises – the miracle of miracles – the Incarnation – really happened, then all of God’s promises to us are not metaphoric, symbolic, or figurative. They are real. And “in the fulness of time” they will manifest. The time will come for your promise from God to be delivered. Until then, you are pregnant with real promises from your Father in heaven!