“Really, God? Is this really happening? How can I cope with this?”
Have you ever felt that way? Maybe you are feeling that way even now as you navigate the Christmas season. Mary and Joseph may have felt that way, too. Joseph faced many challenges as he took care of his young family. The Roman government demanded they travel to Bethlehem for the census. Upon arrival accommodations were almost non-existent, and Mary was due to deliver her child immediately. The couple was forced to sleep in a cave-like dwelling where animals were kept. During the night God brought forth His Son who was wrapped in cloths and placed in a feeding trough. There was no pomp or finery, just a simple birth in a primitive place with lowly shepherds showing up to see the newborn.
Although our world is very different, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the unique challenges you face today. With demands being made on you, limited resources and many struggles outside your control, it is easy to become stressed out. Be encouraged, among the many things the Christmas story teaches us, it reminds us that God is in control. There are no accidents with Him. God knew the Romans would be taking a census and that rooms would be limited. He even knew the exact date and hour His Son would enter the world. Jesus fulfilled prophecy by where, how and to whom He was born. It was all a part of God’s divine plan.
Your challenges are a part of God’s plan as well. You may not understand, but you can trust that God is in control. There are no accidents with Him. When you begin to feel stressed this Christmas, take time to thank God that He is in control. And give praise to the Son who overcame every challenge that life–and death–could throw at Him.
TO PONDER IN YOUR HEART: We have an all-knowing, all-powerful God who has never once had to say “Oops!”