...an angel of the Lord appeared to him (Joseph) in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."...When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. ~Matthew 1:20-21 and 24
Isn't it hard when you know you're called to something bigger and better than yourself? Sometimes I wish that an angel would come to me and tell me exactly what it is that I'm supposed to be doing! However, after looking at these verses, I think it might be a little more scary to have a heavenly being come and tell me what to do! That's a big day...and a big calling. The angel told Joseph not to be afraid because "what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit." If it were only that easy...ok...so it was conceived of the Holy Spirit...fear is gone!
There is so much difficulty surrounding a calling. I'm sure it wasn't easy for Mary and Joseph to consider the fact that they were going to have GOD for a Son. Wouldn't you be so afraid that you would mess it up? It's hard enough raising a little one without knowing that they're God's Son that's been entrusted to you. I know that Mary and Joseph had to have a lot of fear in following the call that the Lord had placed in front of them. There were so many unknowns for them.
Linn and I know that we have been called to follow God's purposes in this world with our whole beings. But what does that mean in day to day life? A fear and doubt sundae, smothered in a hot fudge of faith and grace. We will continue to rest in the knowledge that the dreams that God has conceived in us are of the Holy Spirit.