See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Today, I am struck by this lyrical phrase: “Mary, Joseph, lend your aid.” I am struck by how astounding it is that God relied on a couple of frail, fragile human beings to keep the Savior of the world safe. I mean, what if Joseph had dismissed the directive dreams he received from God as unimportant? What if he had blamed them on the pizza he had for dinner? What if he hadn’t taken Mary as his wife? What if he had put her away instead, as he had planned to do? Or what if he hadn’t gotten little Jesus up in the middle of the night and fled to Egypt? What if he and Mary had made one wrong move? What if bloodthirsty Herod had gotten his hands on the holy Child because of their negligence?
Here’s the bottom line. The “what if’s” are irrelevant. You and I can see God’s immaculate sovereign agency in every detail of this treasured story. The Father is always going to have His way in human history, no matter how many fallible human players are involved.
You know, the same is true for your life today. No matter how many flawed, error-prone individuals are woven into the fabric of your life story, God is going to fulfill His purposes for you. You can trust Him deeply to do exactly that.
Jesus came to model this kind of deep heart trust posture for us. Coming into our world, He made Himself utterly vulnerable, taking on the form of a helpless infant. He became entirely dependent on Daddy God’s protection for His very survival. Even as adults, you and I are utterly vulnerable too. Just like Baby Jesus, we are completely dependent on our Father’s sovereign agency in our lives.
Daddy God had to get the tiny Savior safely through the very real, life-threatening dangers coming against Him. He planned out, oversaw, and executed His plan for this without an ounce of tension or worry. Calmly, peacefully, with unspeakable confidence, He orchestrated the events we read about in Matthew and Luke’s Christmas narratives.
Just as He did for His tiny Son, He will do for us. Our lives are in His enormous, capable hands. No one can stop Him from fulfilling His precious and eternally enduring purposes for us, the ones that He loves.
Does imagining Jesus as a tiny, fragile human utterly incapable of defending or caring for Himself bring comfort to you in your own need for Daddy’s protection, nurturing, and intervention?