Tag Archive: Joseph


Shepherd in Făgăraş Mountains, Romania

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’…So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told,” (Luke 2:8-20 NIV).

The news of Jesus came to the shepherds while they were doing their regular thing – living in the fields.  They were told the truth about Jesus and they went to see Him.  Later Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,” (NIV).  That reminds me of what these shepherds did.  They dropped everything and looked for Jesus until they found Him.  Then they went and told people and people were amazed.

Are you seeking His kingdom and His righteousness today?  Check out the rest of that verse to see what happens when we do.  I’ll give you a hint.  When He made that statement, Jesus was talking about all of the things that we worry about and how the Father knows about the things that we need and He wants to take care of us.

Let’s be like those seeking shepherds today.  Let’s seek first the kingdom of God!

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Nativity

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’…So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told,” (Luke 2:8-20 NIV).

Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  She was caught right in the middle of God’s great plan, but she couldn’t have possibly understood it all.

What do you do when you are caught in a time that you don’t really understand?

Maybe Mary placed her baby in the manger and then thought, “What kind of mom am I?  My baby – the Son of God – is in a feeding trough for animals and that’s the best that I have for him.  I don’t know if I can do this.  Is this really part of Your plan, God?”  And then maybe the shepherds came rushing in with their faces glowing as words poured out of them about how all these angels had sung about the baby.  Mary was a regular person.  And a new mom. I’m sure she had some thoughts like that,  but I also think she thought back as she tried to understand all that was happening.

I think Mary probably thought about that day that the angel came and told her that she was going to have a baby – before she was married to Joseph, and the words that Elizabeth had spoken to her when she went to visit, “But why am I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy,” (Luke 1:43-44 NIV), and how Joseph trusted her, and now how excited these shepherds were about her baby and about the amazing story that they told about the angels.

I think Mary thought about what she knew about this situation.  She knew that God had always taken care of her.  And she knew that God was good.  I wonder what she anticipated as she listened to the shepherds and sat there looking at baby Jesus.

So, what are you treasuring up today?  What are you pondering in your heart?

If you’re caught in a time that you don’t understand, can you stand in the fact that God is good and anticipate good things to come?

Tulips!

A few years ago my kids and I planted tulip bulbs around a tree in our yard.  We planted them in the fall and then waited until spring to see if they would grow.  And they did!  We planted multi-colored tulips so it was fun to see what colors showed up when the tulips opened.

This year our tulips have just bloomed again.  And they’re beautiful!  But I just realized that only a few weeks ago there was nothing there beside that tree except for some old mulch partly covering the dirt after a winter of being repeatedly covered with snow and washed away by rain.  I think so often our lives are difficult or we have goals we are trying so hard to accomplish or we’re just very busy and maybe we feel like that ugly messed up mulch from last year.

But just below that mulch there’s a tulip bulb in the dirt that we can’t even see.  Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose,” (NIV).  For those of us who have trusted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can know that God will never leave us and He is able to use those hard times in our lives for good.  Remember Joseph with his coat of many colors?  He had a few rough years (Okay, I know that’s an understatement!), but He continued to trust that God had a plan.  And God did.  In fact, God knew all along what would happen to Joseph.  It’s a great true story.  You can find it in Genesis 37-50.  And God knows what will happen with you, too!  God knows everything and He cares about you.  We just need to keep looking to God, like my tulips are today, reaching up as tall as they can and opening themselves to their Creator.

So just a few days ago we had only green leaves growing up from that mulch, but today I see glorious red and yellow tulips opened up and reaching to the sky.  And soon there will be new mulch surrounding those tall flowers.  I know that mulch is coming, but my tulips don’t.  They’re just there, being tulips.

So soon it will all be very good.  And beautiful.