Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The GLORIOUS Disaster!!!

Some of my FB friends saw me joking about perspective based on my observations on Monday morning. PRIOR to being able to jest about it, I had to spend time pouring my heart to The Lord outside as I did the mundane chores that give me comfort, then I came inside and retreated to the "Bat Cave". As I lay in my room on my bed, with my Bible, phone, remote control and Fox News muted, so's I could read the ticker tape while I poured my heart out to God some more. I focused for a bit on Joseph and Mary In Matthew 1. Like so:
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Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place under these circumstances: When His mother Mary had been promised in marriage to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be pregnant [through the power] of the Holy Spirit.

19And her [promised] husband Joseph, being a just and upright man and not willing to expose her publicly and to shame and disgrace her, decided to repudiate and dismiss (divorce) her quietly and secretly.

20But as he was thinking this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary [as] your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of (from, out of) the Holy Spirit.

21She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God]."

As I thought about these Joseph's and Mary's perilous situation, I got a little taste of the very dire circumstances for each. Try to consider what a strict religious culture they were a part of. The power that women have today, non existent by our standards. Mary, by the religious and cultural standards would, ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, be worthy of the death alotted to an adulteress. Think for bit on that. All my life a weak spot I have is telling bad news. I would just about put myself in any imaginable Lucy and Ethel moment to avoid telling bad news. Ridiculous, but true. May the Lord forgive me and gently lead me. But can you possibly imagine Mary having this conversation with Joseph? The Lord provided of course, but, I wouldn't think that would nullify her fears, but instead give her the grace, strength and favor to overcome them.

Now think of Joseph. Clearly he did not "buy" what she was selling as her "story". Yet, he was a gentle man, because he didn't want her death. He wanted to do it quietly. Divorce her discreetly. Can't blame him. From a religious point of view, yes there were prophecies, about a coming Messiah, but, clearly it was like it is today, not in my lifetime, and even if it was, THIS isn't what it would look like.

It looked from every understandable carnal viewpoint like a disaster. A pity. A shame.

But, it wasn't. Not. At. All. It was GLORIOUS!!!! The Lord was birthing something BEYOND ANYONE's comprehension in Mary. She humbly agreed to yield, to submit. She rose to the occasion. She probably came to understand by degrees, generally in my experience at least, that's how faith works. She wasn't stoned, she wasn't put away, she was loved. She lived, she gave birth.

Joseph heard the Lord, even in the heat of the moment where he was planning his discreet get away. He listened, he obeyed. he shielded, he protected, he lived to see the birth and THE Messaiah was born.

In Galatians 4:19 Paul tells the Church in Galatia "My little children, for whom I am again suffering birth pangs until Christ is completely and permanently formed (molded) in within you."

As I thought to myself and to The Lord on my bed that day I was aware that as His sons and daughters, we are NOT WITHOUT HOPE. We belong to a Father God that is GOOD to us. We live in a fallen world, we dance between carnal and spirit in our lives, which makes the ingredients for many GLORIOUS DISASTERS! Sometimes we help them them to happen, sometimes we are happened to, you know? BUT the GLORY? THE GLORY IS ALL HIM!!!!

Monday, what was being formed in me, and in Jason was for each of us our own separate resolves, each good and right. Additionally, for myself, The Lord I am quite sure, was teaching that what I was going through in that moment was not a matter of provision, which is what I was focused on, but a matter of an appointed time. He was very clear in His impression to me, and the way the situation worked out backed it up. He allowed unpleasant circumstances , did not cause them, allowed them to help Christ, the Mind of Christ be formed in me, and in Jason. That was my disaster - what is yours? It is not important that we know the middle, it is important that we KNOW The Omega! The Alpha and The Omega, The Beginning and The Ending!

Christ in YOU! and In ME! THE HOPE OF GLORY!!!! Hallelujah!

OH MY GOSH! As I finish this GAC is on and Bucky Covington just came on stage singing his cover of a Nickleback song! I'm in Hilly Billy Heaven, Ya'll!!! God Wink! This moment was JUST FOR ME!

Much love, Maria!




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6 comments:

  1. Glorious DISASTER.
    What a wonderful way to put it, Maria!
    How often do we see a disaster, when God is working something glorious???
    I really don't think we can truly comprehend what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph. We are so far removed. Our world is so different. BUT in attempting to understand, and realizing we cannot, I think we begin to grasp the reality that they faced a truly glorious disaster.
    Thanks for taking me on this journey with you. For causing me to remember that my situation is not a disaster, because God is up to something GLORIOUS.

    Love you! Merry Christmas!!!

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  2. Karen, I agree, it is far too much for us to comprehend, and every year I love how The Christmas and Resurrection Sunday stories come alive as He reveals more to us. True love is always expanding and dynamic!

    Amen - He is up to something GLORIOUS! That is our hope!

    Love you too! Merry Christmas!

    Maria

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  3. O.k.....I think that is a prefect title for my life . :)
    Thank heavens sometimes that we can not see what or where He is taking us....If I had seen this I don't think I would have left La...and I would have missed so much.
    And there are things coming that I can not even imagine.....but I know they will be great.

    I think it was so gently of God to come and speak to Joseph....He is so tender.
    He knows just when to say the right thing to strengthen our faith.
    He is faithful!

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  4. Sharon, I KNOW with everything in me He is doing something magnificent in Ya'll! I am SURE of it, I just hate the hardness an the pain. Praying. Yes, it is good He doesn't reveal what we are completely getting into all at once, we couldn't any of us take that, I know I couldn't, and then like you say, we would miss so much!

    Yes, it is encouraging to see the favor and courage He gave Mary and gentle light He shone for Joseph.

    Love ya'!
    Maria

    P.S. I know a lot you can park your camper in St Augustine for free! If God so leads!:)

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  5. This is such a thought provoking post. I have often wondered at Mary and Joseph's circumstances as you describe them and the fear that must have gripped them in the beginning of it all. God certainly does NOT work in the ways that we expect Him to. Now if I can just remember that next time. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your kind words. It's a pleasure to meet you!

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  6. Love it! Just love it! Glorious disaster. That is how He works. He is so amazing. I read a book called Mary and Joseph and it was written from the realistic perspective of what it would have been like for Mary...it was so good! Marjory Holmes I think wrote it...I will have to look that up again! Such a wonderful message you shared! Thank you! Always good to look to Jesus. His ways are not our ways but they are much higher than ours for sure! Hugs!

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