13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
When my firstborn Bethany was a baby, my wife Susannah got a really bad kidney infection and ended up in hospital when Bethany was only 6 weeks old.
I remember coming home from the hospital, just tiny little Bethany and I, and feeling like I suddenly had to face the biggest challenge in my life – Looking after this tiny, precious, beautiful – and very dependent – little bubba. I felt overwhelmed by the responsibility I faced to look after this special human. But in my context, I had a secure home, electricity, family and friends to call on, a health system and many other things to make my job much easier.
In the passage for today, we see Mary and Joseph, responsible for the most precious life in human history, being told that they need to quickly flee their home to become refugees in Egypt – a land filled with many dangers. Talk about stressful!! This is such a tangible reminder for me that life with Jesus isn’t meant to be easy. He doesn’t come to take away my troubles and worries, but he gives me a purpose to live for, and a means by which to put my worries into an eternal perspective, along with faith for eternal life that means I know it will all work out in the end.
Lord, in our struggles and worries, bring your peace.
Written by Ps Justin Ware