14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, m“Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
I am not too sure if today's blog remotely has anything to do with the Scripture that I placed at the top. But nevertheless, the Spirit of God put something in my spirit this morning as I got up from prayer. I have been studying and preaching from this text for the last month now. I believe there were six angelic visitations mentioned in between chapters one and two. There were several messages the angel brought to Elizabeth and Zachariah. The first one had to do with the birth of John. There was another visitation when Gabrielle appeared to Mary announcing how the birth of Jesus would come about. Then the visit by Gabrielle telling Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. While some shepherds were guarding their sheep one night they saw an unusual star in the sky. Suddenly an angelic host proclaimed the the birth of a new king. And finally through divine providence, Joseph had a dream and a visitation by an angel. The angel warned him to take the Christ child and go to Egypt. Now I may be off one or two visitations, so please forgive me if that is the case. But I trust that you are beginning to get revelation as to why I named this blog, "You've Got Mail!"
Over and over again, the Lord sent his angels out to proclaim the good news to various individuals. Time and time again, this message brought comfort, amazement, joy, peace, fear, wisdom, warnings, change of plans, and so many other things that are just not coming to mind right now. I do know that the lives of Zechariah, Elizabeth, the Shepherds, Wise Men, Mary and Joseph's were changed as a result of these Angelic Messengers and the message that they brought.
Today, we as a people have become superstitious and prone the anxieties and pressures of life. Some of us are afraid of our own shadows. The age of technology and the recent invasion of privacy by "Big Brother" who always seems to be watching us; has been televised in the news. Much of the time we have little or no awareness that these spy cams are watching us. We become nervous about opening up e-mails, letters, packages, and answering the phones.
There are many people out there, people that we don't know, or hardly know; "Person of Interest," excuse the plug for that TV show, sending us friend request, or asking us to download information on to our tablets, lap-top, cellphones etc. In the old days, a bell would sound informing you that, "You've Got Mail." There was even a movie made starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan with that title, (I loved that movie by the way). My point is, we are fearful sometimes of opening our mail at the risk of getting a virus, crashing our computer, or compromising our identity. It is dangerous out there folks and we have to be extremely discerning about whose mail we respond to.
I recently saw a commercial on television that showed how mail was delivered in the old days. There was a stagecoach driven by a team of horses. The driver drove this wagon from place to place through all kinds of weather in order to get mail and packages to people in time for Christmas.These people lived miles and miles apart from each other. The drivers diligence in the commercial reminds me of the motto of the US Postal Service, "
"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." When I goggled to find out exactly how that motto went, I discovered that the US Post Office does not really have a motto. But that inscription is written on the wall of a post office in NYC. However for the sake of pushing my point, I am going to use it!
This commercial got my attention, because when I saw the horses, it reminded me of the Clydesdale Horses. I was expecting a beer commercial at the end. But I was surprised to discover it was a Wells Fargo commercial. Most of us are aware of Wells Fargo bank. But back in the day, "Wells Fargo" was a stagecoach service company that was used to deliver gold, silver, cash as well as parcels and mail. The journey by stagecoach, was a difficult one. It took time to go across the United States back in the 1800"s and early 1900's. Despite the treacherous dangers of robberies, Indians, bad weather etc, these men persevered and got the goods to the next station and to the people.
Today we don't have to wait for mail very long. Mail traffic isn't carried on horseback or by stagecoach drivers. It travels from one end of the world to another in a nano second! With the click of the mouse or your finger, you can get your instant messages or download information from your computer. Sometimes we as a people are fed a microwave diet. We want everything right now. Things that matter most in life do not come quickly or cheaply. We have to wait for them. We have to go through hell and high water before we see any signs of what we've believed or prayed for. We have to weather the storms in our lives before they manifest. And like the seasons, we have to go through changes and metamorphosis. Once we do get our delivery, we are generally never the same person that we started out being.
One thing I can appreciate about the past, as I looked at that commercial, the people had smiles on their faces when the man delivered the packages to them. Today we have JUNK MAIL! Who needs that! Today we have telemarketers calling us all times of the day and night. If you are like me, I check the caller ID and don't bother to answer the phone. But every now and then you really have to check your phone messages. Once and awhile, you have to read that piece of mail that you think is worthless. Sometimes you have to put on a discerning spirit and by faith listen to that inner voice that says: "It might be something to this letter, this email might be a blessing in disguise." God may be sending an angelic message to change my attitude, my life, my economic status, come on somebody, my relationship status, or a host of other positive things.
Think what would have happened if Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, The Wise Men and others did not listen to theses angelic messengers when they showed up! They would have missed a divine visitation that was tailored made to change their lives. Just think about the prophecy of the Messiah's coming that was predicted in the Old Testament Books of Isaiah, Micah, and Zachariah. This prophecy, its manifestation of the Son of God/Jesus didn't happen all of a sudden. The Bible says that in the fullness of time, God sent forth Jesus, Born of a woman born under the law (Gal 4:4).
Glad tidings of the Savior's coming took years and years before Jesus showed up. It took those Wells Fargo Postal Workers days, weeks, months and years to get people's mail and money to banks back in the day. Anything worth wild takes time to get to you. But when it comes, read the mail. When it comes, don't turn the one who brings the message away. When it comes, don't say, "That's too hard, I can't do it." When glad tidings come your way, be grateful and thankful. Listen to every detail, count up the cost, and be ready to move.
You've Got Mail! How do I know? Because we serve a God that is always speaking. Stop talking to God so much and allow him to download what He wants you to do and say in this season of your life.
I know this message is long, but I hope it gave you lots to think about. Happy Christmas Eve. Do me a favor; if you have been secretly reading my blogs and not telling me. Please drop me a line to let me know you are reading and being blessed by them. Also drop me a prayer request. There is a button on my website for that. Merry Christmas a day early. No blog for me tomorrow.
Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers."