A dead tree stands where once a proud tree stood – possibly a beech tree. It still resonates with a presence even though it is a shadow of its former self. The truth is that even though a tree may fall or appear to die, it is really not dead but it has become another type of home for many other animals, insects and vegetation. Even though in its main life it must have been wonderful to behold, in this state it still serves an important part to play.
As we approach Christmas I wonder about Joseph, the husband of Mary. It seems his part was an extremely important one but what must he have thought knowing that God had chosen him to protect the saviour. Listening to his dreams and acting on them must have taken some courage, and what must he have thought about the child not actually being his but he played that part without fail to God.
He played his part, and he seemed to be a good man.
20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
An angel comforts Joseph. I feel it is true that the first thing that holds us back from trying to accomplish our purpose in life is fear, fear of the unknown, fear of stepping out for God. But God works quickly to take away our fear. The Holy Spirit is also the comforter and in the Holy Spirit we find rest and strength.
Our part may be a short one or and long one but we must take heart that God knows best and he will guide when we need guiding, and watch us proudly when we are walking on his path without guidance, but in all things we must be a good loyal servant to God, like Joseph, even if it means that our dreams are not quite realised as we had imagined them.
Dear Father, allow us all to have the fear removed so that we can do only your work. Allow us to humbly walk like Joseph and to act of any warnings when we receive them. Allow us to play a part in your wondrous story.