The following is the conclusion to the most recent blog post on Desiring God, which discusses Joseph and Mary's early years as a family:
"The Holy Family's first few years were not tranquil. They were filled
with grueling travel during the hardest part of pregnancy, a birth in
worse than a barn, no steady income, an assassination attempt, two dessert
crossings on foot with an infant, living in a foreign country, waiting on
God for guidance and provisions just in the nick of time. It was
difficult, expensive, time-consuming, career-delaying and full of
And it was God's will.
The unplanned, inefficient detours of our lives are planned by God. They
are common for disciples, and they commonly don't make sense in the
moment. But God's ways are not our ways because our lives are about him,
not about us. He is orchestrating far more than we know in every
unexpected event and delay.
So when you find yourself suddenly moving in a direction you had not
planned, take heart, hold tight, and trust God's navigation."