Friday, December 23, 2011
Where Is Joseph?
Posted by Verna Cole Mitchell
Christmas was coming, and my heart was full of joy. Setting up the creche each year always brings a special happiness as I celebrate the birth of the Savior. This year, though, something was different; a figure was missing. I could not find Joseph anywhere. Where could he be? I searched high and low and in-between till, finally, I found him, fallen into the dark recesses behind the table. When I placed his figure beside the manger, the tableau was now complete.
I began to reflect on the importance of Joseph in the life of our Lord as it is revealed in the Scriptures. God honored him to let him be the earthly father to His own Son. He must have had great confidence that Joseph would care for Jesus and be a good guide for Him as He grew up.
I imagine that Joseph might not, at first, have chosen this role in life. Though he did not plan to marry a young woman already pregnant, Joseph was obedient to God’s will for him as revealed by an angel. He protected Jesus, he presented Him for consecration, and he took Him to the temple for instruction. Along with Mary, Joseph marveled at what was said about Jesus.
While Joseph does not hold the place of honor among men equal to that of Mary, he is an example to all of the importance of filling the place God has chosen for us. We must be open to the leading of the Lord to make complete the tableau of our lives. It is good to know that if we fall into dark recesses, God will lift us up and put us where we should be.
May we rejoice together this season that Jesus came into the world to forgive all who would choose to follow Him. He will be with us always, helping us to be obedient to God’s will.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23 / KJV)