Debbie's Perspective

Just my thoughts of the day.

Did They Know?

on December 19, 2012

When Mary said to the angel, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true,” do you think she knew the stretching of her faith it would cause? When Joseph believed the angel and took Mary for his wife, did he know? Did they know the hardships they would face on the way to God’s glorious plan being fulfilled?

You would think that such a powerful promise from God that started out with angels bringing the news would have meant easy street, right? I mean, come on, she’s carrying a baby conceived by the Holy Spirit. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. He’ll reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end! That surely means there will be no trouble ahead.

Wrong. Everyone else wasn’t in on the plan. I’m sure there was talk around town, and probably some finger pointing. Then, when the baby is about to be born they have to travel a long distance to Bethlehem. Of course they should have a nice room with a comfy bed. No, the doors are all closed to them. A dirty manger with stinky animals is all they have.

God are you there? Surely you didn’t plan this? Are you mad at us? Did we do something wrong? Maybe we didn’t hear you right? Were those the questions they were asking or did they know?

Haven’t you felt that way before? You’ve gotten a promise from God, probably not delivered by an angel, but a real sense that God was bringing you something or leading you somewhere. You happily received that promise, and then somewhere down the road everything seemed to fall apart. Nothing happened or it did, but now it is all messed up.

Did they know that all of those things were part of the plan. Maybe they didn’t know that what seemed like a promise gone wrong was actually going to be a big deal in retelling their story. Maybe those times when we think God has left us and things are darkest are going to be the big deal in the retelling of our great faith story.

Of course, we know that God was right there with them orchestrating everything. We know the birth, the death, the resurrection. God knew it all as it was being lived out day by day. He knows our story, too, from beginning to end. Those dark times are in His hands as much as all the wonderful times.

Don’t we know that if Mary and Joseph had to walk out their faith day by day we will too? One small sentence in the story told in Luke 2:18 says, “All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.” Did she think back to when the angel told her, “Nothing is impossible with God”? A whole host of angels proclaiming the news of the child and shepherds coming to worship Him? God’s promise was being revealed right before her eyes.

Maybe that is the key for us. As we celebrate this wonderful season of Christ’s birth, let us keep these things in our hearts and think about them often. God is fulfilling His plan in each one of us. It usually doesn’t go the way we think it should, but that doesn’t mean it’s not in His plan.

If you don’t believe me, just look at some other stories – David; annointed king and then running for his life for 15 years. Joseph; dreams of greatness, then is sold into slavery and imprisoned. Don’t let the dark times make you waiver in your faith or think your faith is wasted.

Did they know? Do we know? Either way, God is always faithful. We can put our total faith in the fact that God knows the story from beginning to end.

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13 responses to “Did They Know?

  1. Vicki Dyl says:

    Trust Fund Baby…is one of my favorite chapters in Greater! I have a notecard in my purse now titled “UPON FURTHER REVIEW”. And this post just added to the blessing!!! Thank you sooooo much for the reminder!!! Love your writing!

  2. Jacqui says:

    Awesome Deb! Thanks so much for a terrific post!

  3. emcuomo says:

    What a great depiction of faith NOT wasted! Thank you for taking the bible stories we tell sometimes without even thinking and helping us to realize that those people of the bible were walking in faith thinking, possibly, that God had forgotten the plan. However, He never does! His plan is greater than any we could imagine, so we get confused!
    -Erin Cuomo, OBS Group Leader

  4. CG says:

    Thanks for this awesome reminder and using the Christmas story and the faith of Mary and Joseph to link it all to us and our faith walk.

  5. Christina says:

    Thought provoking! Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Bridgit says:

    Love the thought of Mary and Joseph walking out their faith day by day like we have to. 🙂 Thanks for the gentle reminder.
    Merry Christmas,
    ~b

  7. Lynda Parker says:

    Wow, I loved that! Sometimes we can’t see beyond the circumstances right in front of us. I loved how you thought out Mary and Joseph having to live totally by their faith is just as we do! Beautiful!

  8. Dianne says:

    Hindsight is always twenty twenty as they say, and I know in hindsight that many times when i have been the lowest, it was somehow the very thing that was preparing me for the most wonderful thing to happen. Trust is hard, but as Churchill said “If you are going through hell; keep on going.”

  9. Leesa says:

    A wonderfull reminder during this season , of the importance of looking past the clouds for the sunshine. Bless you.

  10. Eva says:

    I like to remember that “Mary treasured these things in her heart”. Isn’t that part of the plan also? That each one of us have our own story to tell, we each walk through our own trials, we each respond in a different way. We each have our insecurities, our aloneness, our struggles to make sense of what is happening. Maybe we can learn from Mary’s experience and know that each part of our life is part of God’s plan. We need to remember our trials so that we can share our story to others, so that others can learn from our fears, our doubts and be encouraged that God is also at work in their lives.

    I believe that Mary was a special young woman, highly favored by God, as scripture tells us. But I also believe that she was real. She had real fears and doubts, and if she can walk through her trials as difficult as they were for her, her story can encourge each one of us to be “more than conquerors through Jesus Christ”.

    Thanks Deb for sharing a message that makes us think that We Can Do All Things, even get through the difficult parts of God’s incredible plan for our lives!

  11. linda ledbetter says:

    a beautiful message. we all need a reminder from a special person like you Debbie, to show us the truth of trust and faith. It was composed wonderfully. Thank you , Linda

  12. Alice says:

    You are a treasured daughter who uses her,GOD GIVEN GIFT,to bring his plan to thought prevoking words that bring this message into our present daily lives and tells us the importance of LIVING BY FAITH AND TRUST IN OUR LORD–JESUS CHRIST.

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