Matthew 1:19-24 (NLT)
Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “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. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,
which means ‘God is with us.’”
When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.
Joseph made a decision. He put a plan into place. He was about to take action, and it made perfect sense to him. It was a culturally appropriate and even-handed approach to this awkward situation, yet still honored this young woman who found herself in a difficult position.
And then the angel appeared and foiled the plan. What had just made perfect sense moments before now seemed like utter foolishness.
Rather than turn her out, he would marry the young girl. Instead of disowning the unborn child, he would raise him as his own. Instead of responding to the public pressure, he would follow the direction of God’s messenger.
How often do we enter into our daily lives without one consideration of what God would will? How often do we charge ahead without thinking of God’s desire? Oh for an angelic messenger to enter our dreams from time to time.
Our plans might be reasonable and address a obvious problem, but the Holy alternatives might ultimately change the world.
Dear God Above,
Interfere with our lives. Change our plans. Mess with our day.