“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:20)
You’ve got to admire Joseph. He was put in such a tough spot. Even though everything that was going on with Mary sounded absolutely preposterous, he was asked by God to trust and obey—and he did. He was asked to believe that what was conceived in Mary was the work of God, whether he understood it or not; whether he agreed with it or not; whether the people around him thought he was doing the right thing or not. He was asked to choose obedience over ease and popularity.
I get the sense that I should strive to do the same. More and more, I find that I need to let God be God in people’s lives and just trust what he is up to, rather than trying to meddle, manipulate, or control it. After all, he is God, and I am not. He knows what he is doing and I need to honor that and trust in that.
Honestly, it is not an easy place to be, just ask Joseph. I must be watchful, attentive, and prayerful as I venture in. I must be careful to discern when and where and how he wants me to share my thoughts and opinions, and when and where and how he would rather me just keep my big mouth shut.; which can be both incredibly freeing and terribly frustrating, depending on whether it is all about me, or all about God and what he is up to in the life of the other.
Luckily, Joseph figured it out. I need to learn how to follow his lead.