Today’s reading sets the stage of the birth of Jesus. We are introduced to Mary and Joseph, a couple planning to spend the rest of their lives together, but then a curve ball comes. Mary is told that she is pregnant. But not just pregnant, she is carrying the Son of God.
I wonder what Mary was thinking at that moment. What was she feeling? It’s a story we read over and over and maybe it’s lost it’s shock value. But I can’t help but put myself in Mary’s shoes. This was NOT how she thought her life was going to go. Her life, as planned, was over.
In Matthew 1:23, we see Mary and Joseph decide to trust God together. Although it was a hard path for them to walk down, they chose to obey God despite the consequences. Many times in my life I have desired a plan I have for my life. I have prayed desperate prayers for a situation to go my way. And when that thing or moment doesn’t happen, I feel myself wanting to go down the path of hurt and anger. Then I am reminded, just as we are in Jeremiah 29:11, that God has a plan for us that is good and full of hope.
Think about the future plans that you have and write some of them down. How do you feel about the future events you wrote down?