I am a person who carries eyes filled with hope. I know that darkness gives way to light; winter gives way to spring and sorrows give way to joy. If you are a person going through dark periods in your life; I want to be your herald, announcing the coming of Daybreak in your life. "The darkest hour is just before the daybreak". May this blog serve as a 'Daybreak' in your life.
Joy be all yours.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Make way for the best this Christmas
The good is shattered for the best: Joseph is the hero of our Christmas story.
He is engaged to a very pious girl, Mary from Nazareth. So it’s a perfect match. Marriages are made in heaven they say and Joseph and Mary seemed to be a couple carved out by God’s own fingers. Things seem to be alright till this time. Joseph like every young man is dreaming about his future married life, his honeymoon, his new family to be. He hopes and prays when the bad news comes in. Mary is pregnant and the father of the baby is unknown person! A bolt from the blue! Dreams shatter and crumble. O God! This is not right. After being a righteous man his whole life this not a reward Joseph expects, how can God be so unfair! Why bad things happen to good people? There’s no answer to that. Sometimes life seems to be very unfair, while the people who suck off the wealth of others and hoard it for themselves enjoy life, the good people seem to be suffering. That’s what creates atheist isn’t it. Isn’t God responsible for this if ever he exists? Well the answer comes in the form of the messenger angel; Joseph troubled with the thoughts of his shattered dreams and thinking of privately divorcing Mary, rests. Sleeps sometimes seem to do good when you are boggled down by prevailing tensions. The angel in his dreams tells the answer to why bad things happen to good people. The good is shattered so God’s best plan for Joseph’s life maybe unfolded in his life. Here’s the answer for all your troubles and unfair situation you are facing at this moment. The good can sometimes be an enemy of the best. Many people settle for what seems good, they do all to get it and remain mediocre. A teacher wanted to show his student the graves of all the famous people in the world. He took him to a graveyard and showed him some tombs. The inscription on the tombs revealed names that were common and unheard of. The surprised student questioned the teacher that these are the tomb of common people where are the famous people. The teacher replied all the common people had God-given potential to rise above their situations in life to be the best and famous. But they never did! They settled for the good instead for the best. Joseph and Mary’s good future marriage dreams seemed to have been shattered for the moment so that God’s best plan for them and the entire world could be realized through their lives. We remember Joseph and Mary whenever we remember Christ. Moreover when we celebrate Christmas, this wouldn’t have been possible if they had not allowed for the God’s best to be revealed through their lives and settled for what seemed good. Joseph obeys the word of the Lord sent through his angel and accepts Mary as his wife and then the consequent journey to Bethlehem where Jesus is born in a manger. Joseph’ life and Mary’s too is exemplary for all of to imitate. We have to forgo the good for God’s best in our lives. Let’s pray’ ‘Lord disturb our lives; shatter the good in us so your best plan may be seen through our lives.’ Amen.