This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about. His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
Joseph’s decision to divorce Mary came from his faithfulness to the law, but his wanting to do it quietly shows how he wanted to protect Mary too. By quietly divorcing Mary, not loudly exposing her to the judging public, he may have been intentionally protecting her from being stoned. I can imagine, between wanting to uphold the law and protect Mary, that he must have felt he was between a rock and a hard place. And there was only one option to make the best out of the situation.
But God had another plan, another option for Joseph, beyond the law, and beyond his own rational thinking.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1: 20-21
The angel showed Joseph there was another way. The other way did not follow the law of the day, yet it was the way that would lead to “save his people.” The other way did not, I imagine, follow Joseph’s plan on how his marriage to Mary would go, yet he was told to not “be afraid” about the change of circumstances-a virgin pregnant Mary!
I know when faced with decisions, I can default to the law of absolutes- when saying yes to one way, it’s an automatic no to another, for example. I can follow my own reasonings, my own controlling steps to make ‘rational’ decisions.
Like Joseph wanting to show the religious leaders of his day that he was a law follower, I can be self-serving, making decisions according to what will look best to the crowd, and fulfilling my ‘look how good I am’ driven ego.
And EGO Edges God Out.
And this Edging God Out, this ego of mine can close out possibilities by not being open to the impossible and letting the Holy Spirit speak.
But there is another way. For Joseph, an angel appeared to him in a dream and showed him his other way, we are told in Matthew.
I wonder if Joseph had a heart and mind always open to other possibilities due to his faith in the One who can do the impossible?
A heart and mind always open to a possibility that is beyond our rational minds….
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26 ESV
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13
May your heart and mind be open, my friend, to the impossible beyond your own rational thinking. Ask God to widen your options. The question in prayer could be as simple as “what are other ways (to achieve, to resolve, to create this dream….)?
And always in remembrance that “nothing will be impossible with God.” ~ Luke 1:37
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