YES Man

I am happy with what I read a few days ago from the first 2 chapters of the Gospel of Matthew. While in the past I carefully read about the genealogy of Jesus and Mary’s response when the angel appeared to her and announced an unconventional truth that has long been predicted and will soon take place right before her own eyes, that day, I was led to understanding more of Joseph’s (Jesus’ earthly father) own response.

I learned that Joseph was a YES man! – In the four occasions that the angel appeared to him in a dream (Matthew 1:20;  2:13; 2:19; 2: 22) , his response was always a YES (italics mine) .

  1. When he was told to marry Mary despite her situation  –  “When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife” – (Matt 1:24)

2.   When he was told to flee to Egypt to escape Herod’s wrath –   “That night Joseph  left for Egypt with the child and Mary, his mother” –  (Matt 2:13)

  1. When he was told to return to Israel-  So Joseph got up and returned to theland ofIsrael with Jesus and his mother. – (Matt 2:21)

4.   When he was told to go to Nazareth – “So the family went and lived in a town calledNazareth.” – (Matt 2:23)

As I was contemplating on these verses, I also began to think about the YES men in my life. Although a movie buff, I haven’t seen the Yes Man movie starred by an all-time fave Jim Carrey ( that should be in my to watch list), but I like the term Yes Man. Living in a typically matriarchal society, a Yes Man connotes a different meaning.  However, the YES man that I learned biblically is the REAL MAN. One who is devoted to the word of God and faithfully obeys His commands, thus bringing peace and prosperity (could be blessings of harmonious relationships or good health, not particularly with material wealth alone)  to his family.

So I think about the YES men in my life. . I thank the Lord for my dad, who, for a time answered to God’s call to be a blessing in his work that has brought us to different places because of his work assignments and finally settling down in his hometown province.   He is a hardworking man, who in his prime years, has his hands always full that were matched by a heart that’s big – full of generosity and unfailing love.

My husband, Jones, whom I have mentioned in my previous post – has led us to different places in different circumstances, I pray that each time God calls him to accomplish His purpose, I will be ready to affirm his YES to Him.

Joseph did just that, it was a Yes to Him for all of those were already foretold long time ago. Same with us – we may not understand our Yes today, but we are confident that the Author already appointed the perfect time for all of these to come to pass.  After all, we are asking a God who has told us to “ ask for anything you like , and make it as difficult as you want! “ (Isaiah 7:11), then everything will be just fine…

Nesting

This morning, we all woke up early to the agreed time of 5:10. My, was I glad! I hurried off to make my warm cup of coffee and 6yo Boj’s lukewarm mug of milk ( ate Dana drinks hers every afternoon and the last one for both of them just before bedtime). I immediately settled to my quiet (though not too quiet with the kids prepping up for school) time spot for my daily devotional when I noticed a bird busy flying over the window. I trailed my eyes off to the little one and I noticed she (you’ll know why it’s a She in a while ) was busy building her nest to one of our towering plants in the pocket garden! Now you know why the She – Mommy bird is making sure her little ones will have a safe place to stay once they come out from their eggs. Research shows that , “In most species, the female does most or all of the nest construction, though the male often helps…” . Now that concludes the She part of the story.

Now to my story –

I believe nesting is a very feminine trait. It’s true to me. Women, generally, love to settle down, keep things in control and oftentimes panic when things go out of hand. My husband taught me the true meaning of spontaneity. Not that he doesn’t plan things carefully (in fact, he does – complete with Options A or B), but his flexibility allows me to understand better why there are certain things that I cannot control to the dot as I wanted them to be. I should know. Being married for 11 years, we have called 5 cities that span across the archipelago as our homes. When we finally had our 8th transfer back to our homeland, I prayed “now we’re finally settling down”. But God has put a different desire in our hearts that altered our gameplan. The moment we said “yes” to the call, it was no longer about our comfort zones, but about putting Him first in all things. I slowly begin to embrace the word change – for the truth is – change teaches me to be God-reliant than self-reliant. To let go of the things that I think I can control that turned out to be trivial and to take hold of the things that I need to treasure – His true, living, Word.

The bird nesting in our place this morning just taught me one thing – yes, she nests – but only for a certain time. After the little ones grow, they freely wander into air, relying solely to the One who feeds them, day by day, up until the time comes when they too, learn how to nest, albeit temporarily. Same to me – I sometimes lose peace when change disrupts my “nesting habits” but I am comforted by what I learned today from Malachi 3:6 when He said , “ I am the Lord and I DO NOT change.. “ Circumstances that affect me change, but God never changes…Then I am at peace 

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