Mary Chose to Trust
Luke 2:4-7 NIV So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
We may think we have it bad because we're in a snow storm, but we are safe and our family is also safe, having decided the weather made traveling home too dangerous.
But Mary was almost ready to give birth. The weather could be unbearable in many ways. She probably walked or traveled in a rough cart due to their economic situation. Can you imagine walking all day for days at that time of pregnancy, knowing you might not find a place to stay (and no hospital) at the end of the journey? Uncomfortable is a small word for a situation that must have been horrendous for Mary. Yet she knew the promise and she trusted God.
She chose to trust. When our situation is less than what I'd like, how do I react? With complaints or trust?
May this Christmas start a new appreciation for what Mary went through and commitment to trust, listen to and follow Christ--no matter what my circumstances.
Posted by Carolyn R Scheidies
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