After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.
Matthew 2 : 19 – 21
People are very aware that Joseph and Mary were unmarried when Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. It made for a very difficult time for Joseph in particular. However once Jesus was born their troubles were not over. Herod tried to have them killed so they fled to Egypt. As long as Herod was alive they were in danger so could not return home which means our Lord and Saviour effectively lived his earliest times on earth as a refugee.
Joseph and Mary knew they were not going to spend their entire lives in Egypt yet did not know when exactly they would return. They had to wait with no concrete idea of when the waiting would be over. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Waiting on God means letting God set the agenda. It means control is not in our hands but His. None of which comes easy to us but is the reality of living as a Christian. Like Joseph and Mary our calling is to wait and God but to be ready to respond when he does call.
Are you taking time to listen to God or are you still trying to be in charge?