Do you find yourself living in painful circumstances that look nothing like the "good life" you dreamed you would be living? Are you walking an unfamiliar road, unsure where it is going? If so, you have much in common with two other people whose lives God directed onto an unexpected path.
We know the story of Mary and Joseph, central characters in the Christmas story. But the events that unfolded in their lives were not what they were expecting. Mary and Joseph had different plans for their lives. They were engaged to be married, and no doubt looked forward to living an ordinary but satisfying life together as husband and wife in Nazareth. Joseph may have pictured his carpentry business growing prosperous; perhaps Mary dreamed of creating a loving home with a house full of happy children.
But God had another plan for them. In his plan, their lives would indeed have times of happiness and joy, but there also would be times of fear, distress, confusion, and unimaginable heartbreak. God didn't tell them all that was in store for them; He only revealed what they needed to know right then. Mary and Joseph chose to trust God; they let go of their own plans and instead walked down God's unexpected path for their lives. And the rest, as they say, is history.
What about you? Has this year taken you on an unexpected path? Does your life look different that you thought it would right now? Are you struggling to find your way? Remember that there is more going on in your life than meets the eye. God has a bigger plan for your life than you can imagine. The circumstances that you are dealing with right now can be tools of transformation in God's hands. He can use your difficulties to shape you into the person He created you to be so you are equipped to do the things He has designed you to do. If you are open to His teaching, He will show you things about Himself that you could not learn in other ways.
God invites you to see His hand at work in your life and the world around you. Nothing that is happening in your life is a surprise to God. His plan is to use everything for your good and His glory. But there's a catch. You have to trust Him enough to believe He is at work in your life even if you can't see it, and that He will use your struggles for your ultimate benefit. And, you have to trust Him enough to respond as Mary did, ""I am the Lord's servant...May it be to me as you have said" (Luke 1:38). When you choose to follow God's unexpected path for your life, miracles can happen because "nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).
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