Whether it's because I am entering the third trimester of pregnancy this Christmas or just that I'm listening with the children to some Christmas stories, I'm not sure but I know that I am struck by how God sent His son into the world to be born. There was not even a proper cot!! We get so wound up sometimes over the birth of our babies (or I do a bit) wanting to be ready, have the cot out, have everything in order etc but sometimes God doesn't work like that - I mean Mary and Joseph had to travel all the way to Bethlehem while she was pregnant - not ideal we would say, and then there was no room at the inn so he ended up in a stable!! With a feeding trough as his bed - how would we feel if we didn't even have a cot for a baby? Would we think that God had abandoned us? Or that He wasn't looking after us and providing? I wonder if Mary struggled with these thoughts or if she just trusted God? And can we? Can we trust that although it may not always look like it on the outside that God has our best interests at heart? That He has His eye on the bigger picture and knows more than we do, and what makes no sense to us makes perfect sense to Him? And when we look at others are we quick to judge and say that they must not be following God because things are not working out for them? Or do we encourage them to trust God and offer support where we can? Lets remember as we celebrate Christmas that although things don't always make sense to us God is still in control! And lets not lose the wonder and amazement that Jesus was not born in a nice comfy palace but a stable - yet God was there and knew exactly what He was doing!
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