God speaks not only to Mary through miraculous means, but also to Joseph. (Matt 1:18-25) His intervention means that Mary and Joseph are once again united in purpose and in peace. Joseph is reassured of Mary’s integrity and God’s miraculous work in their lives. It may indeed be an unprecedented situation, but actually, this is foretold in Scripture (Isaiah 7:14) and both individuals have a part to play in the situation.

We can be reassured that when God speaks, He will confirm His word to us and will work in families. He does not ride roughshod over individuals, but invites us to participate in His plans. If we are struggling with situations, we can bring our anxieties and worries to God, and His word promises us that His peace, which transcends understanding, will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7)