One our favorite Christmas songs is Michael Card’s “Joseph’s Song.” In that song Card imagines what was going through Joseph’s mind while holding baby Jesus. The refrain sings:
Father, show me where I fit into this plan of yours.
How can a man be father to the son of God?
Lord, for all my life I have been a simple carpenter
How can I raise a king? How can I raise a king?
Through these words, one sees a Joseph who is perplexed and humbled, yet very aware of the task at hand and asking of God to help him carry out his responsibilities. As we read the Christmas story with Daniella this morning (Sophie was sleeping, like baby Jesus would have doneJ), we could not but stop and ask God to show us anew what his plans for our lives were, and more, to show us the part he intended for us to play in the redemptive story that continues to unfold. We also thanked God for two other very precious gifts to us, Daniella and Sophie, and prayed that he would show us how to raise them in his ways.
Whereas Joseph played a very unique part in the story, our situation is not very much different from his. At some point in time each person needs to wrestle with what to make of Jesus and there is no better time to ask God once again to show us where we fit in his plan.