Words from the Heart for Saturday December 22nd, 2018
So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Luke 2:6-7 (NKJV)
What must it have been like for this very young girl who was about to give birth. So many things were inconvenient. So many things were unfair. So many things should have been different. Yet, Mary’s “yes” to the Lord gave Him full right to arrange all the details to perfectly fulfill His word.
Years ago, my wife and our family were camping in a provincial park in Prince Edward Island. A Nor’easter blew in overnight with pouring rain and hurricane strength winds. The family moved into the van and I stayed in the tent to keep it from blowing away. The next morning, with everything drenched, we looked for a motel to stay in to dry out. After hours of hunting, we finally saw a motel that said “vacancy.” We were overjoyed until the motel owner told us he was full – the “no” part of the “vacancy” sign had blown away in the storm!
There is nothing so hopeless as not being able to find a place to stay overnight while traveling. It is exhausting and frustrating. And I’ve only had to experience this a couple of times in my life. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph on the night that Jesus was born. Luke 2:6-7 records it this way: “So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” The poor innkeeper has been the source of much derision over the years for turning away the King of kings. But I believe that God planned this on purpose. The One who had only known the glories of Heaven had to experience what real life is like. He had to experience all that human life was like – the good, the bad and the ugly. And He wanted to. For us.
These have been words from the heart.