After King Herod died, an angel from the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. “Get up,” the angel said, “and take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel. Those who were trying to kill the child are dead.” Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus ruled over Judea in place of his father Herod, Joseph was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he went to the area of Galilee
After Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary fled their homeland and went to Egypt. They likely went to Alexandria which had a huge Jewish community including the famed philosopher and teacher Philo (I wonder, did the young boy Jesus hear Philo teach in synagogue?). But Egypt wasn’t God’s final destination for them. Joseph started out for Judea, but was fearful that Archelaus might continue his father Herod’s threat to the child. “Warned in a dream,” he took his family to Galilee instead. And so, Jesus became “a Galilean.”
In our own time, most of us aren’t often directed by angels or supernatural dreams (not that that can’t happen), but God still directs us when we listen, and sometimes where he leads us is not where we thought we were going. Life can have unexpected twists and turns, but God leads us along the way. The key is to trust in God and move forward. He promises to work all things together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
Disappointments, His appointments
Change one letter, then I see
That the thwarting of my purpose
Is God’s better choice for me.
- Edith Lillian Young
Almighty God, teach me to trust that you are with me in the tossings and turnings of life, and help me to trust that you will guide me. Give me the courage to follow where you lead. Not my will but yours be done. Amen.
Kenneth Myers was born in 1959 in Denison, Texas. After 38 years of pastoral ministry (as a pastor, priest, and bishop) he created Graceworks Teaching Minister in 2014 and now spends his time writing books and traveling throughout the U.S. leading seminars based on his writings. His newest book, Look at Us, tells the story of his romance and love affair with his late wife. More details about Ken including contact information can be found at www.kennethmyers.net.