Has God ever changed your plans? Or maybe I should ask when was the last time God changed your plans? What was your reaction? Reading the “Christmas Story” we get a little peek into the reactions of Joseph and Mary as God announces the new “Game Plan” for their lives
Joseph’s Side of the Story:
How it Happened on Mary’s Side
A couple in a smallish town, engaged to be married, Mary and Joseph were probably excited about that plan. In Matthew 1: 19 we see that Joseph was “faithful to the Law.” Some translations say that he was “a righteous man.” If he was respected member of that community, he probably chose the “best girl” for himself, or his parents chose her for him. On her end of things, she probably considered herself blessed for being chosen to be the wife of someone so respectable.
I don’t know to what extent couples were involved in their wedding preparations, but I am assuming they had to be excited about their upcoming nuptials, nonetheless.
And, then, everything changed!
God has chosen them to be the Earthly parents of the long-awaited Messiah. As much as they were expected and longing for God’s Promised One to come, it is a slim possibility that they expected to be directly involved, even in a small way. Yet, they were going to be involved in a huge way!
Considering their circumstances, their response is truly inspiring! Look at these two verses, which highlight their response:
“ When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.” Matthew 1:25
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Luke 1:38
Both Mary and Joseph submitted to God’s plan and were willing to do whatever God asked of them, even though they had to have known it would be significantly different from what they originally had in mind for their marriage.
They trusted God so completely that they were willing to obey immediately, without question.
Mary, then, went on to praise the Lord for the change in plans. Now, if I’m honest, I have certainly praised the Lord for His changed plans long afterward. After I can see the result and the reason behind the change, but Mary? Mary praised the Lord from the very beginning. Read what she sang to Him:
What a blessing God had in store for Joseph and Mary because they were willing to go along with this amazing change of plans He brought their way. What blessings await us when we respond to God’s commands in the same way–with obedience, trust and praise.
Dearest Father in Heaven, Thank You that You care enough about my life to make plans for me. You have things You want me to do. Oh Lord, I want to respond well. I want to trust and obey. I want to praise You for the plans You change. I know my response is often far different than that and I am sorry for that. Please forgive me. Shape my heart into one that beats around You and what You would have me to do with the life You have given me. Amen.