I love the lyrics to that beautiful Christmas carol “Mary, Did You Know”.
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
There were a lot of ‘unknowns’ that surrounded that first Christmas. In fact, there was a lot of controversy that surrounded the birth of Jesus and it wasn’t just Mary who felt ‘ in the dark’. Have you ever stopped to think about it? About what it would have been like as a woman in Israel to receive news that you were to give birth – yet you were unwed and had yet to be with a man. Or, to be the betrothed husband and wonder whether she was even telling the truth? I wrote a little about it in my newest book, LIVE LOVE LEAD:
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Matthew 1.18-23 documents the moment that Joseph found out the woman he was betrothed to, but had not yet been intimate with, was pregnant. The words that stood out to me in Verse 18 were the words “after” and “before.” What a dream destroyer for him: “After Mary was betrothed but before they came together.” No doubt Joseph had looked forward to being married to Mary. Just as many of us do, he had allowed himself to dream of the children they would have and what those moments would entail. He imagined the joy of holding his firstborn, family gathered around in celebration—and now this. He didn’t even know who the father was; he just knew it wasn’t him. It was the most inconvenient shock and it came at the most inconvenient time. He was betrothed; a contract that could only be annulled by divorce, they were fully committed but had not yet moved into their glorious future. It was in these moments before the Holy Spirit had spoken to Joseph that he must have felt so alone, so empty, and so uncertain of what was to come.”
For many people in the world today, fear of the unknown is crippling and causing them to walk through life without a sense of hope or peace for the future. Much like Mary and Joseph, our own lives can be filled with ‘did you knows’? Questions and unknowns regarding health, family, future and loved ones. Yet, what was unknown and seemed like the end for Joseph, was only just the beginning… his current circumstance may have been unplanned, but to God, it was not unknown.
The same goes for you and I. Whatever it is that is ahead of you – both your worst days and your best days – are not unknown to the Creator of the Universe. That baby boy, born to a virgin and laid in a manger, was in fact a gift of peace for our todays and a gift of hope for our tomorrows. It is my prayer for you that regardless of life’s’ current circumstances, the love of our God – who sent His son to be born on earth in order that we might know everlasting hope, joy and peace – would be your portion in both the known and unknowns of this holiday season.
With love and prayers,