I'd be interested to know how many of you have consulted Pinterest as you plan holiday decor and Christmas presents. I'm guilty. Although, thus far, Pinterest has rejected me as a member. I've been waiting for about a month (maybe longer) for them to let me in, but they just won't accept me. This morning, I submitted my email address again, and I got another friendly reminder that they already had me in the line, so I just needed to wait.
I couldn't help but liken this to Jesus' birth. His parents traveled from place to place, searching for a warm place to have their baby. And, at each place, they were greeted with the bad news, "Sorry. No room."
How must Mary have felt? She knew that a miracle was taking place within her, but surely others wouldn't believe her if she began to recount the story. Can you imagine Mary telling the the tale, "So, an angel came and visited me..." Consider how this would go over in your own holiday gatherings.
Mary must have been overcome with such feelings of rejection and isolation. Any of you feeling those things today?
There's always a "but" when God is involved. But, God was positioning her to play a major role in the humble birth of the Messiah! He had plans to show how He could stoop to the lowest position of all - a baby, from an unwed mother, birthed in a barn, and placed in a feed trough. Humble beginnings to heavenly heights.
I'm sure the story was somewhat different a few years later. Y'all, we NEVER know how God is shaping us, moving us, and preparing us for His work. Above all, humbly trust His hand.
Making a Merry Christmas Tip #4
Have a handmade holiday! Yesterday, I was given this beautiful jar of chocolate-dipped pretzel rods. I LOVE this! To me, there is nothing more wonderful than knowing that someone took the time to create a lovely (and tasty) treat just for me. I appreciate this so much!
God gave us Jesus, a gift of His very own hand. What a wonderful model as we seek to give good gifts to others. As you prepare the gift, wouldn't it be special to spend that time praying for the recipient? Now, what can I make...