Don't Lose Hope: Trust in the Lord
A few years ago, God called our family to pack up and go. He called us to leave family, say goodbye to ministries and friends we loved, and to follow Him to a new city, a new church and a new community. It was unplanned (we had not been searching), uncertain (only one of us had a job lined up), and unfamiliar (beach life is very different from the city suburbs where I grew up).
Moving brought the typical struggle of settling into a new home and finding new schools and doctors, but there were differences I couldn’t predict as well. As I traveled the roads of our new community, I saw birds I had rarely seen outside of the zoo or in photos. They were huge compared to the robins and black birds I was accustomed to seeing back home. Another detail that I had to grow accustomed to was the amount of bike racks at the schools. Apparently if you live within a mile of the school the bus is not an option. The number of kids rolling in on bikes, skateboards, scooters was astounding! The most shocking of all, that I’m still not accustomed to, are the fall temperatures. Every single time I walk out the door in October or November and there is not a chill in the air I’m surprised. Seriously, I take a mental pause and think, “whoa, it’s hot today.”
While vastly different, I can’t help but ponder Joseph’s journey with Mary from small town Nazareth to Bethlehem. Joseph had plans to marry a sweet girl in the village and eventually start a family. He lived in a small town that was barely a dot on the map and had very little to boast about on his resume. Suddenly he finds out his fiancé is pregnant, not by him but with THE Son of God. On top of that they must leave their home to journey south without certainty regarding where they would stay. While I was wrapping my mind around birds, bikes and weather on my new journey, Joseph was wrapping his mind around raising the savior of the world. How does one even begin to process that?
Anyone that found themselves in Joseph’s shoes could have easily, and justifiably, thrown up his hands and said “I’m out! This is too much. I’m good with life like it is and I’m not looking for anything new.” Matthew 1:19 tells us he considered it: “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.” Instead, Joseph obeyed God and TRUSTED HIM ON THE JOURNEY.
At a time when he was confused and faced with a future of uncertainty, Joseph trusted. At the risk of his reputation being tarnished, Joseph trusted. On the road to a new city with a pregnant wife and no ability to book a room in advance for their stay, Joseph trusted. Rather than listening to the voices around him, Joseph chose to listen to the voice of God.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
He’s the one who will keep you on track.
As Christmas draws near, where is God calling you to trust Him? Is he calling you to physically go somewhere? Has He allowed circumstances into your life that don’t appear to have a clear solution? Are you grieving the loss of what you thought this Christmas might hold, but no longer does? Is He the one thing in your life that drives all the other things?
Take heart my friend. In this life there will be unexcepted and sometimes unwelcomed journeys, BUT God has made a way for us and He invites us to trust in Him, to walk by faith rather than by sight. Lean into Him dear friend, and he will make your path straight.