Mary & Joseph:
Alone, isolated and homeless at the worst possible moment in their lives. Separated from the support of family, what to do about work to support the new family, lots of questions and so far no answers.
We look at the figurines in the nativity that we break out every December and we read the beautiful story but rest assured, these people were real and had emotions like you and me.
Chosen, yes but chosen most often isn't easy. It calls for situations of total reliance on God. In our world of comfort and convenience we really don't have a grasp on waiting. We don't do it well.
We often lose sight of God's dream for us because of the darkness of disappointment or the distraction of discouragement. All too often we forget God's promises in the midst of our problems.
it ever significant individual in the Bible has a history of "waiting" for the promises of God to be revealed.
Mary and Joseph are no different than us....they waited and relied on their word from God. we have the full Word, the whole Bible to thumb through and read, to lay on a table, to carry in a bag, to keep with us. Mary had one word. She had to carry this in her heart and hold onto it with everything she could...and then some. How many of us could go on one word? We'd no doubt wonder if we heard correctly or dreamed it all up...except for that babe in the womb.
Luke 1:26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”[c] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High;
and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever;
and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?” 35 And the angel said to her,"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
therefore the child to be born[d] will be called holy,
the Son of God.