‘Joseph, son of David’, the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.‘ Matt 1: 20b
Flippin ek! So, like Joseph I’m sure, we have all of our best plans laid out before us. Tidy, manageable, straight forward. I’m sure Joseph and the two families had the wedding all planned. There would be singing, dancing, wine flowing, maybe the odd awful speech! And here I am too, sat ready to gently soak my way into the Father’s heart. And yet there is a valuable lesson here for all of us I think, a lesson in the ways of the Father and the ways that He births the things of God..including spiritual journeys I may add! Jesus was birthed amid a chaos of emotion, faith, prophetic utterance, misunderstanding, obedience and relationship. Joseph’s heart was right, and yet his initial revelation didn’t match..he needed correction and guidance. This took the form of a dream..a dream that he didn’t weigh for months, ponder over or wrestle with. He just simply obeyed through his simple faith. Let’s face it..he must have been gutted when he heard of the embarrassing mishap! His marriage, and the conception of their first child had turned from a fairy tale into a Godly mess. Ummm… a fairy tale into a Godly mess. Sound familiar? Well it does to me. The deep and great things of God seem always to be birthed in the midst of great struggle, challenge and sacrifice. Does it always have to be this way? Well, yes; I’m beginning to think that it does. The ‘fairy tale’ Christian life doesn’t exist…but deep joy does. Joy in all circumstances. The Father is jealous for His ‘I am’. Even in our spiritual journey, it is His way, and we should take comfort from that, because as we choose His way, we recognise Him as being there with us. Just because Mary became pregnant before God told Joseph, doesn’t mean that God hadn’t already prepared him for the journey. He had enough faith to believe..and when Joseph ‘woke up’..or ‘came to his senses’ he immediately did as the angel of the Lord had commanded. I need to wake up..but the odd dream would be nice.