Joseph is dreaming, in our Gospel reading today (Matthew 1:18-25 remember we are doing Advent!), when God tells him it is okay to "take Mary as your wife." Joseph, like another Joseph who had 'dreams', learns that Mary told him the truth about God speaking to her, the baby "conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit" (v. 20), she will give birth to a son AND they are to call Him Jesus. This wasn't a "messenger," like we talked about last week, but this is definitely a life changing dream!
Adam Hamilton points out, in The Journey, how both Josephs followed, obeyed, the dream(s) they had. We are told, in verse 18, that "this Joseph" is a righteous man -- can we say "man of God" -- because he didn't want to hurt Mary so he would "divorce her quietly." (v. 19) This makes it easier to understand how, after this dream, he could follow where God is asking him to go, do what God is asking him to do and how he was a 'good enough' father for Jesus to think of God as "Abba" (Aramaic word for Poppa) and doing carpentry before starting his ministry.
The question for us is -- do we follow our dreams? The "messenger", last week, and God, this week, is telling us "do not be afraid" but change is difficult. Can we, like Joseph, move ahead and DO what God has called us to -- just a steady forward motion? It is an interesting thought isn't it? Steady, forward motion, following where God is asking us to go, doing what God is asking us to do? Ready, set...... GO!