He was a carpenter by trade. His hands were likely rough from chiseling away at a piece of wood all day, but they were also strong from handling that same wood. In his time a carpenter would have been considered an artist, because there was a shortage of skilled craftsmen.
Being married to an artist who often works with wood, I know what it takes to create something out of a hunk of nothing. It takes hours of dedication and hard work.
Joseph was used to working hard. He probably had been doing it since he was a boy himself. Things undoubtedly were going well for him. He was engaged to a young woman; he had a trade; he was a man on the move. Life was good. Then something happened that would change his life forever.
The angel of the Lord appeared to this average “Joe” with an announcement that would change the course of history. Like Mary, he accepted what the angel told him with a heart of faith even though the whole idea was incomprehensible to him.
There are so many times in our lives that we feel secure and then something happens to completely throw us off guard. I pray that I could have even an ounce of the faith that Mary and Joseph displayed when being confronted with such shocking news.
God, give me strength in the knowledge that you control my life and thus give me peace because I know you are the best one to be in charge.