‘But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21 HCSB)
‘After they were gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to destroy Him.” (Matthew 2:13 HCSB)
Good morning, God’s Child.
Back in Joseph’s day, there was no Prozac. We don’t know his words or his arguments with his Maker. The language of his actions, his constant flowing and reflowing in response to an Angel’s concern is all we have to see into Joe’s psyche. He would have wanted concrete answers. Instead, he was given a mystery. He was to be placed on center stage in the drama of all mankind. His role never led to any kind of keeping-up-with-the-Jones’s normalcy. Instead, every splashing movement of his obedience became dire in the way that even the river waters reflect light … the way the play of the sun and shadows on a creek bank would offer up the anticipation of God Almighty’s glory and majesty. The way a bee delights in honey, and a tiny baby prefers its momma’s breast milk; the way a branch grows out from union with its tree trunk – the intimacy of a husband to his wife: Joseph’s obedience in the mystery is a most persuasive teacher of desire for Yahweh drawing us ever closer to His heart. As only God would have it, Joseph’s obedience in the mystery somehow became yours and mine as well.
Answer “yes” to the drama of your mystery.