“…an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. Get up, he said, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt.” Matthew 2:13

We are studying the book of Matthew as a church. Yesterday, our pastor said something I will never forget. He said that “God gave Joseph the dream because he could do something about it”. Joseph’s obedience sent their family into the night and to Egypt. Do you ever feel like you have been given a dream and it sends you into the dark and unfamiliar? Your hearts desire is to be obedient. You begin to move forward with the dream, planting a seed so to speak. It appears to be the start of something, but quickly withers. Discouragement can quickly follow.

Could it be that it was not the seed, but the soil or the condition of our heart? Further in Matthew we read a story Jesus shared about sowing seeds. Some fall into rocky soil, others into weeds of worry and others into good soil. For me, my heart needed some weeds removed that were pretty well rooted. Tears make the soil softer, repentance follows and for that I am thankful. Nothing is wasted with our God. So, a small seed is planted, an obedient step has been taken. I pray it grows and bears much fruit.

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