When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. Matthew 1:24
He follows the plan.
The man is a carpenter. Joseph studies the blueprint before cutting the wood. He looks at the template before he pounds the hammer. He carefully looks at the measurements, he balances the beam, he assures every nail is in its rightful place.
Not this time(s).
“When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph…” Matthew 1:18b. This was their plan — wedding. They set the day. They identify the location. They list the guests. He picks the suit, she picks the dress. But the wedding gets cancelled.
“…but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.” Matthew 1:18b-19. This was Joseph’s plan. His future wife is already a future mother. Break the engagement not as same as glass hitting the floor or as the sun breaks the dawn but like a father kissing her sleeping child good night.
“When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.” Matthew 1:24. Change of plan(s), again. First, the wedding. Second, the breaking of unity of their hearts. The third plan skips all their or his plans. No wedding, no Mary dumping, but the carpenter starts on building a home.
The carpenter’s protocol is to follow the plan. As the plans changed, he changes his code — Joseph doesn’t follow the plan, he followed the Planner.
You may have been in his position.
- An unexpected unemployment.
- A disease coming unannounced.
- Family issue suddenly getting in the middle.
- Your business not as usual.
- Surprising election results.
His universe, our universe works according to His plan so your career. The alignment of the planets are in order so your family concerns will be. Your situations change, your church or government leaders change, He is still King and sits on the throne. No matter what the plan is, the Planner looks out for you. “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
His love, constant. His faithfulness, consistent. His presence always present. Remember plans change. The Planner doesn’t.
Follow the Planner.