Sometimes we hear someone say that they have known from a very early age what they wanted to do when they grew up. Most of us go through several scenarios with regard to this. They range from being Batman to becoming President of the United States. I really do not remember ever hearing one of my friends or acquaintances desiring to be a megalomaniac or a dictator. Sometimes we would play at being a king or queen but never really envisioned ourselves actually being one of them. I knew in my teen years that God was calling me to be a pastor. My wife knew in her early twenties that God wanted her to be a pastor’s wife and she wanted to be a teacher when she was very young and this was solidified in her senior year of college.
It was during our dating time that this question came up. We were talking about what we looked for in the future and she mentioned that she had to be careful in her dating because God had told her that she was to be a pastor’s wife. She was conflicted about dating me because of this and that she didn’t know anyone who was planning to become a minister. When I heard this I couldn’t help but say, “Well, now you do.” Since my major in college was in history with a Bible minor, she was unaware of my calling from God until then. That is the point at which our dating turned more serious.
Our own experiences tell us that often we try to get away from God’s plan because we have our own ideas about what we want to do and allowing God to have His way would keep us from doing what we want to do. Sometimes it takes a while before our will and God’s will line up. That was not the case with Mary and Joseph in today’s scripture portion. Mary’s acceptance of God’s call and will was almost immediate while Joseph’s acceptance wasn’t until he saw the Lord in a dream then he acted on it right away. How much time do we waste when we do not immediately follow God’s will for us?
In only a dozen words, Luke introduces us to the two main characters in the Christmas story. Mary, a virgin, and Joseph, a carpenter, were about to have their world turned upside down. Because they were willing to cooperate with God’s plan, our world can turn right side up.
Prayer: Father, like Mary and Joseph, help me to cooperate with Your plan.