Joseph • Devotion #1: It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Katrina Young | Nursery & Pre-K Director
Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. Our family always got together and celebrated even when there were struggles, pain, and hardships in our lives. My mom was the most enthusiastic about Christmas, and nothing was going to steal her joy. She would always say to us, “Whatever it is, it will wait until tomorrow, tomorrow it will look different and then you can decide how to handle it.” Whatever the crisis was, big or small, it had to wait. I did not realize the wisdom in her words then, but now I cherish them.
When I read the story of Jesus’ birth and that very first Christmas, I have to wonder what Joseph must have been experiencing. What he had planned for his life had now taken a drastic turn, the woman that he is betrothed to was “….with child from the Holy Spirit.” At a time when they must have been planning their wedding ceremony, he is now faced with making a decision while in the midst of a crisis that he did not see coming. Joseph gives us a perfect example of what to do in an impossible situation. He pondered his decision, and he listened to the direction that was given by the angel sent by God; little did he know that God had something better in mind.
Matthew 1:22-23 says, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Behold! The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ — which means, ‘God with us.’”
We are all faced with life changes that we did not expect, things happen that are not within our plan, and we have to decide how to move forward. Joseph and Mary were right in what seemed to be an impossible situation. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Both Mary and Joseph questioned what they could not explain but trusted God and found themselves in the middle of His plan and the fulfillment of prophecy. They were entrusted with the very first Christmas gift, the birth of our Savior.
Whatever the circumstances life has thrown at you this Christmas, ponder and wait on direction from your Heavenly Father, the greatest present to receive is ‘His Presence.’
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”