DAY 362 OF 365 IN 2021
WHEN THERE ARE NO DETAILS
Matthew 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Together we my trusted partner, we set out to complete two DIYs for some pieces of furniture. We built these from scratch ourselves armed with a set of Allen keys, a tester adapted as a screw driver and other makeshift tools. The two builds could not have been world’s apart because while one came with a detailed and almost foolproof way of completing the build, the second required a significant amount of ‘let’s see what happens’.
We succeeded in both cases though but the difference when detailed information is left out had quite an impact. These builds came to mind today as I read the story of Joseph. The only key information He got was ‘flee with your wife and son to Egypt’. Thus, while the ‘what and where’ had been given, the how and when were left out of the picture.
This would not be a first with God because unlike in the construction of the Ark of the covenant where He was accurate to the letter, providing specific instructions on dimensions, or ornaments and materials to use, other times, like in today’s text, He doesn’t do details.
‘Flee’ was the keyword that suggested imminent danger and a proposition to escape with immediate effect. Those may not have been explicitly stated, but had to be inferred from the message, something which Joseph was able to follow with swift obedience.
Beloved, just because no details are given doesn’t mean there are none required, one has to be discerning. Joseph left for Egypt with Mary and Jesus at night and immediately, a discerned response that had heavens approval. God leaves some details out every now and then not because He doesn’t have it, but because He trusts you enough.