In his dramatic retelling of Scripture, The Book of God, Walter Wangerin imagines the conversation Joseph might have had with Mary’s worried father and then with Mary. Pale in the interior dark—scarcely visible, as if she were winter’s breath on the air—Mary was gazing out at Joseph, hesitating, chewing her bottom lip. Oh, the worry on her features broke his heart! Joseph couldn’t help himself: he ran past Joachim and gathered Mary into his arms and held her tightly to his body. “I love you,” he whispered in her tender ear. “Don’t cry, don’t cry. I love you, Mary, and I know who is sleeping in you, and I will love him, too. It is well. All is well. I know what God is doing, and I love you.”*
*Walter Wangerin, The Book of God (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996), p. 438.
Joseph’s relationship with Mary and their marriage plans were interrupted in a most shocking way, and yet he was able to offer her grace.
Think about what it’s like to get caught up in someone else’s difficult circumstances—with the person perhaps needing more from you than you had expected to give. How do you normally respond to life’s interruptions?
When have you been impatient with an interruption recently—perhaps a small request? Reflect on your response before God.
When Joseph learned that Mary was pregnant, he thought he had only two options—to publicly disgrace the woman he loved or to end their relationship in a private divorce. God’s intervention, however, opened up a whole new option that he had never considered.
Keep a list or journal of some of the interruptions you experience this week—from phone calls to larger requests from friends or family. Look for moments of grace and ways God might use those interruptions.