“When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:18 (ESV)
Surprises can be interesting. On one hand they can bring fullness of joy while on the other they can bring unexpected angst and sorrow. This moment would have been extremely difficult for Joseph as he discovered his virgin fiancé pregnant. Although, in some aspects, I believe that we can all relate to this moment, especially in a family environment. For example, when a loved one shares an unexpected doctor’s report or a child’s addiction is revealed. Perhaps, a spouse has let down his or her mate. Even a distant relative may have brought strain on the family from a poor decision. In a family, the unexpected has a ripple effect that touches everyone within it and struggles ensue. Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean that those wounds and unexpected surprises are absent from family gatherings. In Joseph’s situation, what he was about to discover was how much the Holy Spirit was on the scene, and when the Holy Spirit is on the scene, there is always hope. Even in the most difficult of situations, God can work them together for good if we allow Him to have control over them.
Points to Ponder:
Today, allow the Holy Spirit into your family’s struggles. Invite Him into those family gatherings whether they are joyful or difficult. Allow God to bring peace into these family situations and watch Him turn unpleasant surprises and hurts into testimonies of His glory.
God, please heal any and all wounds as I surrender my life and my family into Your hands. I choose to believe that You are greater than any struggle I face, knowing that You work all things together for good, according to Your purposes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.