Matthew 1:16, 18-21 and Luke 2:41-51
God’s humble servant, Joseph, is a model for all of us. Joseph did as God asked even when it was hard. His acceptance of Mary’s pregnancy was the first time we see Joseph push aside any plans that he had and accept God’s new plan. As Mary and Joseph flee to an unknown place in order to save their child at God’s command, we begin to understand this seems to be a pattern for Joseph. Lastly, when Jesus, a young boy at the time, decides to stay back in Jerusalem without informing his parents; we see Joseph’s patience. After searching for many days, they find Jesus in “His father’s house.”
As the mother of three children, I can tell you my humble service and patience is certainly trailing behind Joseph. Accepting that God has a new plan for my family and me would be tremendously hard. I am pretty darn positive that I would not have handled the twists and turns that Mary and Joseph had in their life quite as Godly.
As I look around today, in the quiet solitude of my house at 5am, I realize that my plans for my life have been drastically changed. I have about 50 emails in my inbox of stores closing for the next two weeks. I am avoiding the newspaper because it reminds me daily how much my plans have changed. My heart pounds throughout the day as I try to figure out how to navigate my new life, my stressful job, and at the same time, be a loving mother and wife. I don’t think its possible.
Reading these scriptures today gave me hope. I realized that God’s plans are way better than my plans. He does sometimes lead me through the troubled waters, but guess what? My plans would have led me through a hurricane.
I think my problem is I believe I know a way better path than God. God can see the whole picture – the past, the present, and the future. He sees everything in the right perspective. He is not blinded by any storm that hits. He knows its coming.
It’s kind of like an air traffic controller leading a pilot through rough weather – only better!
When I lead through the storm, I cannot see the big picture. I have no idea what lies ahead in the future. I have no clue what is going on for everyone in the present, and I can only see my own past.
It’s like me sitting in my house and leading a pilot through rough weather. I am thinking the pilot would not enjoy that experience so much.
So, why do I keep doing it? Why can’t I just dare to be Joseph – a humble, patient, God-trusting soul?
It’s scary to let go. It causes me anxiety to allow God to help me through the storm.
Yet, look at it logically. He sees it all. I see nothing but me.
Joseph was amazingly loyal to God. His trust saved him from a life of misery. His trust kept him on God’s path. His trust navigated him through a storm and away from a hurricane.
I pray I will dare to be Joseph today, tomorrow, and everyday that lies ahead.