I have always loved the time of year from November 1, all the way through to January. I love times of gathering, fellowshipping, and most of all loving one another. This year, I will admit to the truth of the difficulty of these events.
Planning what we’re going to prepare to take to mother’s house was always top discussion between Wanda, Aimee and myself. We’d call each other every day to see if who had come up with some new fangled recipe. —To delight the others.
God is all about delighting us. I love what Beth said in her study, 90 Days with the One and Only, “In the Jewish calendar, the fourteenth day of the first month is called the day of conception. If our God of perfect planning and gloriously significant order happened to overshadow Mary on the fourteenth day of the first month of His calendar, our Savior would have been born toward the end of our December. We have absolutely no way of knowing whether or not He did, but I would not be the least bit surprised for God to have sparked His Son’s human life on one Passover and ended it on another.”
Me either Beth. Aren’t we planners as well? When planning a celebration, don’t we try to work it out so that “everyone” can attend? I don’t know about you…but I like to think that the “taking names” (for tax purposes!), was something that God used as well.
Joseph and Mary had to travel back to Joseph’s home town. I kind of imagine that he had a few friends there. Perhaps some relatives. Just for my own contemplative thinking, I like to imagine that he couldn’t go to them at the late hour for a bed for his bride because maybe he wasn’t sure of where they lived now…maybe he didn’t know if he had anyone left in town…one thing is for sure….there was no room for them in the Inn. But God provided.
By the time the wise men arrived on the scene, they were in a house (Matthew 2:11). Perhaps of a relative? I don’t know…but I do know…..God provided.
This is something I read while searching out more on Mary. What her life may have been like up to the point of leaving home and going with Joseph. “Mary had up to this time been living at the wrong place for Messiah’s birth. A little longer stay at Nazareth, and the prophecy would have failed. But lo! with no intention certainly on her part, much less of Caesar Augustus, to fulfil the prophecy, she is brought from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and at that nick of time her time arrives, and her Babe is born.”¹
The plans God has for you and me are just as detailed. When we leave the plans and directions to HIM, the Master Creator…we will find that it all works out. The pieces of the puzzle all fit together with a click as they snap in place.
Even down to the decision of where to go to church. None of these are beyond His expertise!
When I read the page for day 5 of the 90 Days with Jesus Study, I immediately thought “party”.
I smiled thinking that we (or at least in our area), will turn any event into a party. Hurricane coming? Gather everyone in a safe place and let’s eat! Let’s play some games! What is that, if not a party?
Bible Study time? Gather them all together in the living room, get out some cups, plates, forks, napkins, make some coffee, have some juice or iced tea ready, plead with Jeff to make a cake with extra thick icing….and you have a Bible Study Party! You learn from the very heart of GOD and you have you some rejoicing in the kitchen with cake!
Baby about to be born? The waiting room is OURS! When waiting on that new arrival—there is MUCH prayer—some eating if he/she takes a while getting here…and then once that lusty cry is heard—it is all out party-time!
Christ’s birth is a day to celebrate! While we don’t know the exact day, we do KNOW He CAME. He lived. He died. He was resurrected. He lives TODAY! I think that is worthy of a celebration EVERY DAY of the year!
This is the LORD’S doing; it [is] marvellous in our eyes. Psalm 118:23 KJV
Father God…thank you for tending to each and every detail of my life. All the way from the difficult ones I can see…to the miniscule ones I might not notice. I praise You, for even in the difficult days as yesterday was, I felt Your presence. I KNEW You had me in Your sight. Nothing escapes Your notice. Thank You for following so closely my heart. Take tomorrow and make it YOURS. For Your glory. Not mine. I love and praise You forever. In the precious name above every name…Your Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ~ Amen.
Thank you girls for being patient and coming back here to visit. I may not get back again for a few days! Life has been busy here, as well as I know it is for each of you. Please visit and be in prayer for my friend, Julie of Jewelz Sightings. Her dad will have major surgery tomorrow.
Thank you each one for reaching out to one another. We need each other as never before—-for it is when we gather in prayer that we are encouraged, the enemy is pushed back and we continue on in our faith! Stronger than before.
¹Jamieson, Robert; A.R. Fausset; and David Brown. “The Gospel According to Luke.” Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Blue Letter Bible. 19 Feb 2000. 4 Sep 2008.
December 16th, 2008 at 12:48 am
I love you sweet sis, praying for you always.
December 16th, 2008 at 4:04 pm
Such powerful words of ponder as we grow ever closer to our remembrance in full! While we contemplate him all year, it’s good to take the time to think on him more fully. Who can fathom the depths of our Savior’s beginnings? It’s too marvelous for words, and yet we try, don’t we? Sometimes I’m so completely swept away by the realization of his presence, all I can do is offer my tears and my heart of gratitude. In the end, I think he will recall these moments as the purest we know.>>God bless your friend. Love you so very much.>>peace~elaine
December 16th, 2008 at 5:49 pm
Hello, Beautiful! In reading your post, I felt like I was AT A PARTY! Poor Joseph – can you imagine the panic he must have felt realizing it was TIME, and he had nowhere for Mary to stay? As always, God already had the whole thing worked out. Oh for grace to remember that whatever “catastrophe” is close at hand, God already has the whole thing worked out! God bless you and that precious Aimee – I’m praying for you guys.
December 16th, 2008 at 6:35 pm
Beautifully written! Jehovah Jireh is always right on time….
December 16th, 2008 at 11:12 pm
Taking time to walk through the scripture as though we were there brings wonderful insight.. I once knew a man that studied the scripture in images and stories and not verse…….. I have done that for years and to do that with the birth of Jesus is so wonderful….. to walk through it in the steps of Mary and then the Inn Keeper and Joseph…….. the wise men ….. etc.. What a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of Christ………… Celebrate—— He has been born…
December 17th, 2008 at 4:20 pm
Oh to be like the livestock on the hillside and graze on His every word, digest it and bring it up again to chew on some more.>>Everytime I open the Scriptures, something new pops up. I’m so thankful for His Spirit indwelling me and leading me.>>Love you, girlfriend.
December 17th, 2008 at 10:34 pm
Oh, my friend, you have blessed me beyond words.>I am home…exhausted but home…. I have not been able to read this post, but I wanted to come and thank you for your sweet email, and this HUGE blessing.>>Dad is recovering slowly. They have not been able to get his oxygen leveled out….He’s been struggling with pain, etc… but today he looked better than yesterday.>I had to leave today to come home.>>It sure is hard to see him so weak and frail….>>Please continue to pray as Papa God leads you…>>Love you, friend,>Julie
December 17th, 2008 at 11:10 pm
Beloved post…getting ready to celebrate His birth!>Thank you Angie~