It's a Wonderful Life is the story of George Bailey, a guy who had "big dreams and big plans to design run ways and buildings and see the world." When his dreams get derailed as he stays behind to tend to his father's Savings & Loan business, he experience frustration and comes to a point where he wishes he had never been born. It's at that point Clarence the 2nd Class Angel appears and gives him a glimpse of his wish.
Have you ever been there friend? Because your dreams have been dashed you find yourself wishing you had never been born. Is your life is filled with sorrow and regret? You're not alone.
Joseph is a man who may have felt that way. When we read his story in Matthew 1:18-25, we see a guy who had plans to marry the girl of his dreams. Only to find out she was carrying someone else's child. With a story he didn't believe to be true (v. 19), he was looking for a way to minimize the damage. He didn't wish harm or embarrassment on Mary, but he had no intention to go through with the marriage, until God showed up.
One of the lessons I would ask you to consider from the life of Joseph that we see illustrated in It's a Wonderful Life, The Lord will show up if you call out to him. You might recall George prays, "Dear Father in Heaven, I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me, show me the way."
The Lord answered his prayer. And the Lord answered Joseph's prayer. While this life is indeed filled with difficulties, disappointments and heartaches, the Lord will show you the way when you ask in humility.
Both George in the movie and Joseph & Mary in real life end up surrounded by people wishing them well and marveling in a miracle. Jesus has come friend. He is our source for a Wonderful Life. Not trouble free mind you, but surely as you read this one filled with hope, awe and wonder at the presence of God in your life. Immanuel, God with Us! He is With You!
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