Yesterday I felt out of sorts and preoccupied, trying to sort out my thoughts but really just tired trying to figure anything out…Do you know what I mean? Ever since this pandemic started life has become so strange. People are wearing masks, dodging each other in the stores; we have drive-by birthday parties, on-line baby showers, families are separated but only a few miles (or less) apart.
When we listen to or read the news we hear such varying opinions and unreliable numbers with any information that’s shared. The virus that put the world on hold has everyone so confused most of us are to the point we no longer want to hear about it…just let our lives get back to normal!
We have heard the theories and read of the conspiracy within our governments…but which one do we believe? Truthfully, I have no idea anymore who or what to take as facts and what to discard as theory…so I’m done trying to figure it out.
Yesterday too, I was trying to come up with an idea for this article, post, blog…whatever you wish to call it. I’m not one that writes every day as some do. Usually, I wait till the Lord puts something in my heart, then I try to write it with His direction, praying it reaches someone with a message they need to hear. So I opened my Bible and was reading about Jesus when suddenly I wondered…whatever happened to Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father?
In my search for more information on Joseph, I came across one article that said it was the Angel Michael who sent Jesus to another planet as his son to be a reincarnation of Michael himself. Mary and Joseph were his chosen parents and the angel, Gabriel approached them in a dream…just like the original story but oh so different. Finally, I read that most believe that Joseph must have passed away before Jesus started His ministry as he is not mentioned in scripture after that…and due to the fact that Jesus said to his disciple in John 10: 27 Behold thy mother. And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
This morning, it dawned on me that a lot of what I had read about Joseph was people’s own ideas and opinions as to what happened to him and conspiracy theories as well…the same as we hear about this virus. Finally, I read and agree with a pastor who said, we can only speculate and assume what happened as it is not written in the Bible…and to do that is not good. We need only to trust that God had a purpose for not sharing this information and leave it at that. Then today, I read: on Facebook no less: In their search for truth, men will be lead only to Jesus! How cool is that for a fact?
Since the truth is found only in Jesus, I’ll share what He said to His disciples in John 16: 16 A little while and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
Now the disciples were used to Jesus speaking to them in parables and proverbs, figurative language, that often left them with questions. This time was no different and they asked each other, “Exactly what does He mean?”
Jesus knew they didn’t understand so in the next verses He explains to them that they will know sorrow once He is no longer with them, but like a mother giving birth, who no longer remembers the pain once the child is born, their pain will be turned into joy. In that day, once He returned to the Father they had only to ask God for anything in Jesus’ name and they would receive it. In verse 25, He tells them: “These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs; but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father. 28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.”
The disciples said to Him, “Finally, you’re speaking plainly with no proverbs. Now we know that you know all things and are sure that you came forth from God.”
Jesus went on to tell them that the time would come when they would be scattered and He would be left alone…yet He would not be alone because the Father would be with Him.
We may never know why or what exactly caused the situation we are in today, but we can know this; The answers to all our important questions, if we want the truth, will always be found in Jesus. Let us dwell on Him and leave the solution in His hands, always remembering that all things happen to the good for those who love Him. It may be written in parables and proverbs, but those of us with ears to hear and hearts to believe will get our information straight from Him and in His time for one thing we can depend on: We are never alone and when it is time for us to know the truth, He’ll tell it like it is!