“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4: 6-7 (NLT)
I have never been unlucky enough to find myself in the eye of a real storm, although I did once have to paddle a dug-out canoe away from a hurricane during an ill advised fishing trip in Belize – Hawaii-five-o style (for those old enough to remember the epic!). However, as we wait for our child to be born (yes, still waiting!) it has given Nicole & I loads of time to reflect on life which, lets face it, can be a dangerous thing to do! The ‘pause’ button has been pushed on our lives, the diary is clear..completely! We wait.
The day before yesterday we were chatting & praying and I (?) came up with this really novel idea. What if we started to read the New Testament together and actually did what it said? No, really! What if we started at Matthew, through to Revelation and each day read a bit, applying it to our lives and holding each other accountable, journaling the daily challenge together. We honestly both looked at each other with that nervous, slightly sick look; you know the one that you used to have when caught out at school and were desperately looking for an excuse! Now, the trouble..ok blessing..about being married to Nicole is that she is the type of person that once she decides that something is maybe of God, the Gates of Hades will not prevail against it! So off we trot, and it’s only day two and we are in deep trouble!
Joseph was awesome, i’m not sure I would have believed Mary! And there again..he didn’t have to. Did he? Mary knew that she was a virgin, Joseph only had God’s word to trust. He didn’t know Mary, even though they were probably betrothed from childhood they would have been ‘together’ for less than a year as Jewish custom dictated. Joseph’s response was one of love, which came from one of trust. As we wait for the birth of our own child and start our second week of overdue-ness (by scan dates) and first week of overdue-ness (by Nicole’s dates) the issue of medical intervention looms. Maybe we should call it the tale of two doctors; one is the mother and the other the obstetrician. The Scripture above we felt was for us this morning..received with a mixture of frustration and faith. The conception was miraculous, after two years of trying and then breakthrough. The timing is so perfect it is ridiculous. We thank Him for all He has done daily (almost). His will is for us to have a natural birth without any intervention; yet we also know that God is in all that Nicole does as a doctor too!
Joseph trusted God and we are told that He was a righteous man. Our challenge today was to look at his and Mary’s example and pray the prayers that they couldn’t, after all they didn’t yet know Jesus! We told God what we needed and we thanked Him for what He had done; just like we did for all those years of trying. Maybe we need to take that leaf out of Joseph’s book…that the Miracle is the same, even if we struggle at times with how God allows things to play out! We wait!