We receive a letter every month from Desiring God, and an offer for a free CD or sometimes a book. The letters are written by Jon Bloom, the Executive Director of Desiring God, and I really look forward to reading them. I’m not sure how to describe them – perhaps “historical narrative of a biblical passage with deep context”? That’s probably a lame description, but you can read the archived editions and other posts by Jon on his author page at the Desiring God blog. I also added his page to my blogroll so I don’t have to look too hard to find it.
Getting to the point – this month’s letter was titled “Joseph: (Un)planned Detours” and it’s not on the blog yet, but I think it will be soon, and I’d encourage you to keep watching his blog page so that when it is posted there you can read the whole thing. The Joseph he’s writing about is the husband of Mary and the earthly “father” of Jesus. Here are the closing paragraphs of the letter:
The Holy Family’s first few years were not tranquil. They were filled with grueling travel during the hardest part of pregnancy, a birth in worse than a barn, no steady income, an assassination attempt, two desert crossings on foot with an infant, living in a foreign country, waiting on God for guidance and provisions just in the nick of time. It was difficult, expensive, time-consuming, career-delaying and full of uncertainity.
And it was God’s will.
The unplanned, inefficient detours of our lives are planned by God. They are common for disciples, and they commonly don’t make sense in the moment. But God’s ways are not our ways because our lives are about him, not about us. He is orchestrating far more than we know in every unexpected event and delay.
So when you find yourself suddenly moving in a direction you had not planned, take heart, hold tight, and trust God’s navigation.
Holding tight and trying to trust God’s navigation, because it’s far better than mine.