“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed…and all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, into the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child: and so it was that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.” — Luke 2:1-6
This has been a week of moving. The office where I work has recently been remodeled and we were finally able to move back into our ‘new’ office space. It’s so nice to have carpet on the floors again and not have to deal with the smell of fresh paint.
Tomorrow (hopefully) close members of my family will be moving back to the area. We’ve been praying for just such a move for years, so it’s quite exciting to have it finally happening.
Changes are a part of our lives, and I believe they are a huge part of God’s plan for our lives. When we are timid or uncooperative, I know He is more than able to ‘arrange’ situations that ‘require’ us to move in the proper direction.
And THAT is how Joseph and Mary found themselves in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth. God moved them through circumstances so they would be at the right place, at the right time.
Isn’t God’s timing wonderful?
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be a little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose going forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
Wishing you All a blessed Christmas, confident in the knowledge that God knows all about you and loves you more than words can express.