But just when he had resolved to break up with Mary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”
Recently, I heard this wisdom: “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.”
This angel of the Lord asked Joseph to make a hard choice. Breaking up with her would be easy in the short term, but harder long term. Sticking with her and her child which was not his? Hard choices, easy life.
Here’s another Advent wake up call. What easy choices are you making? It could be one momentous one, like Joseph was considering. Or it could be a pattern of smaller, day-to-day choices.
Most of the time, when we take the “easy choices, hard life” route we find a way to blame someone else for our hard life. Blame is another easy choice that just makes life harder.
God wants an easy life for you. So look out for angels of the Lord. They may appear to you in a dream, like Joseph’s did, or in some other unlikely fashion. They will ask you to do something hard. Prepare yourself now: you will want to fight the angel, or flee. Consider Joseph, and the life of grace and joy made possible by this hard choice.
Talk to Jesus now about the hard choices you’re facing.