Usually this time of the year I am obsessing over what it must of been like to be Mary. What a woman, so many times I just stop in my tracks thinking of what it must of been like for her to carry the Christ child, to raising Him, to watching your son being tortured to death. Unfathomable really!
But this year,it seems my focus has been more on Joseph and the righteous man that he was, as the word says he was. He was protective of Mary, thinking of what this ‘news’ would do to her, so he was willing to put himself aside and bow out quietly even though he believed and loved her.
The other thing that strikes me about Joseph, an angel came to him in a dream on three different occasions and every time, no questions asked, no delay, he instantly did as told. He led his wife and was a foster father who cared for and guided them as the Lord instructed. I am sure the weight of responsibility on his shoulders must have been overwhelming, yet, the Lord gave him what he needed to get thru it.
Aren’t these all traits we want to have? Righteousness, obedience, protective of the things the Lord has intrusted to us? I want to know that when I am asked, no matter what the circumstances around me look like, I will ‘get up and go’, for this is Joseph the earthly father to our Saviour.
Merry Christmas to you!