“Take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt.”
It wasn’t all about shepherds watching and angels singing at the time of Christ’s birth. With a King threatened by our Savior’s very existence, Joseph took Mary and young Jesus and left behind all they knew for the safety of Egypt. Historians place Jesus’ time in exile anywhere between one and seven years. Suffice to say, that time away from all they loved and knew could not have been easy. Living in a foreign land while news of babies dying by the hands of a jealous king because he’s seeking out your child, was terrifying to say the least.
There will be seasons in our lives where God will ask us to leave behind all that we know. To our earthly eyes, it may seem as a punishment. Yet that hindsight reflection of 20/20 will prove that it was to be the decision that saved your very life. The young woman whose been out on her own now only led to return back home to her parents now forced to regress. The professional whose lost it all in some bad investment and forced to sell it all now lives beneath their means. The divorcee whose world is suddenly upside down with uncertainty now forced to start over again.
Fleeing to “Egypt” isn’t the cowardly out. If the Son of God Himself was called to run for his very life, what more is expected of His children for our very survival? What does your Egypt look like? Is it time spent in prayer and fasting? Is it a move to a new city? A move out of the home you created great memories in? Whatever that time sent away to a “dry desert land” looks like–embrace it. Learn from it. Trust God through it. It’s but for a season, but for a moment. To grow you, protect you, and keep you safe.
“19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”