The angel Gabriel appeared to the virgin, Mary and said, "You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus." (Luke 1:31) An angel also appeared to Joseph, a righteous man and said, "Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:20-21)
From that moment on, the lives of Joseph and Mary would forever be changed. Any plans they had made or dreamed of together would be changed forever. They were chosen to be the earthly parents of God's Son and they accepted God's plan for their lives.
We dream and make plans, sometimes on our own without God's input, but God has His own plan for our lives. "For I know the plans I have for you . . . . . . . (Jeremiah 29:11). When Jesus becomes our Savior and Lord, He changes our lives forever. God continues to change the lives of those who invite Him into their hearts.
Christmas Day has come and gone but let us focus on the many lives the birth of Jesus has changed, beginning with Joseph and Mary. Let us focus on His plan for our lives instead of going our own way. God's plan for our lives is perfect. As the New Year approaches, may we allow Him to change our plans, our course in life, to His plan. May we be as obedient as Joseph and Mary.