Joseph and Mary had gone with Jesus to the temple for the yearly feast of passover. It was the first time they were going with Him, and He was just twelve.
After the feast, they had been gone a day’s journey before they realized Jesus wasn’t with them. Up until now they had assumed He was with the travelling party, somewhere.
So they start asking, and no one had seen Him.
Did you ever imagine what it must have been like for them after they finally realized they had lost Jesus?
Try putting yourself in their shoes.
I might have hyperventilated, acted out, and made a monumental show of the situation, like, “Joseph, He was supposed to save the world from sin! That’s what the angel said! All we had to do was watch Him, but no, we had to go and lose the Son of the Highest! What is wrong with us!”
In no way, and by no standards am I a drama queen, but it would not have been a pretty sight because, “Joseph, what kind of people would do what we’ve just done! We lost the Son of God!”
So Joseph and Mary returned to Jerusalem, and after three days they found Him in the temple with the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
Those three days must not have been the easiest for them!
Please keep in mind that Jesus was the perfect child.
Still, there was this one time when His parents might have had a severe case of consternation on His account.
So give yourself grace in your dealings with the children God has put in your care.
Remember that they belong first to Him. If you give them back to Him, He would take care of them. He is able.
And should you ever find yourself in the same situation as Joseph and Mary (even when it only seems like it)–
Breathe. Pray. And let God guide you.
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