“And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth …laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.” Luke 2: 6-7 NLT
For the life of me I don’t understand God’s timing sometimes. I can just imagine Joseph looking at Mary (come on wives, you know that look) and thinking, you’re kidding, right? Now?
In hind sight, we see how well planned this blessed event was. But, in the moment, it seemed to be the worst possible time to have a baby. Joseph was obviously a good man, (God entrusted the rearing of His son to him) so he must have been beside himself looking for a place for them to stay and for Mary to deliver. I know my man would have been. Have you ever noticed how guys look mad when they are fearful or anxious? I wonder if Mary was thinking, are you mad at me? What did I do?
When we read the whole story, we see the plan. They didn’t have the whole story and, when we are in the middle of uncertainty, we don’t see the end either. Had Mary and Joseph known the details of Jesus’ future, they might not have been able to bear it. Would you? There have been some very difficult times that, had I known they were going to happen prior to, I would have just crawled up in bed and pulled the covers over my head. My heart would have been so heavy, fearful, and filled with dread. You too? God has already been where we are going and He will walk with us as we arrive.
That’s why we must trust God when we don’t see. There have been times when I have been asked, “”Carmen, would you like to see the future?” And, there were times when I thought I did. Now I realize, I can’t handle the future. The Bible warns us to stop the craziness of trying to figure out tomorrow, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matthew 6:34 (MSG)
How do we prepare for the future? Little, by little, everyday we prepare. When we pray today, we are preparing for tomorrow. When we study the Bible today – preparing. When we seek Him everyday, we are preparing for that day when we get hit blindsided and the Holy Spirit rushes in and does what He does best, equips, comforts and directs.
Our future peace comes in remembering, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8 (NLT)
Lord, remind us we don’t have to worry about our future. You have already been there before us and will walk with us as we arrive. In Jesus’ name, Amen.