“Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go.”
Do you picture your family in the car singing this familiar tune?
For most of us reality hit the first time we took our first child home for Christmas and it took thirty minutes just to pack essentials. By the time everyone got into the car we were all out of breath, patience, and wanting to reach our destination. Next come the questions.
How much longer, Daddy?
He’s touching me, make him stop!
She’s looking at me!
This is the things dreams are made of–or you may be thinking it’s more like a bad dream. Maybe you felt everyone was going to enjoy the trip even if it killed them.
How do you think Mary and Joseph felt as they made their way to Bethlehem? Was it frustrating trying to get packed for the journey? Questions like:
How long will we stay?
Where will we spend the night?
What if the baby comes on the way?
Do you think Mary and Joseph were breathless and aggravated by the time they were ready to pull out? How many times did Mary’s voice chime, “Joseph, how much further?” Did the struggles of the journey wear on them and become more of a trying time than a dream?
The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem was quite a journey, and the fact that Mary was great with child and riding on the back of a donkey made it even more a challenge.
As you prepare for holiday traveling this year, reflect on Mary and Joseph’s travel experience. Count your blessings as you have considerable room to pack your essentials. Thank God for cushioned seats and an automobile that keeps you warm, dry, and is smooth to ride inside. If you have children remind them of God’s goodness as you travel to the home of a loved one. It may be a trip with challenges, but we do have much to be thankful for.