13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” (Matthew 2:13)
My fertile imagination gets quite excited by this verse. I could probably write a story just from this single verse, but I won’t. Well, not now anyway.
I wonder what tone of voice the angel used in the dream. I can just imagine the quiet panic of Mary and Joseph as they hurry to gather everything they need, ready for their escape. I wonder how quickly they planned their escape. I have questions such as: did they tell anyone where they were going? Did anyone else accompany them? How did they get there – camel, donkey, etc?
I also wonder what Jesus felt and thought. After all, He was a human child with human thoughts and emotions. We’re not sure of his age, but a move is stressful for anyone. We can’t even be sure how much Mary and Joseph told Him. I don’t know that they would tell Him, but if they did it might go something like this: “Hey, Jesus, guess what, we need to escape to Egypt because the nasty King Herod wants to find you and kill you.” I think they would have told Him something, but possibly would have withheld some of the facts. Or, they might have told Him the whole truth, but in a way that a young child can understand. Or perhaps, Jesus already knew what His future held, and He coped remarkably for His age.
However it happened and whatever it was like doesn’t much matter. There’s a helpful pattern for disciples of Jesus to follow, illustrated beautifully in this verse: listen, go, stay, wait, and trust.