I often wonder what you were feeling on the night you gave birth. As a woman without children, I can only partly imagine what you may have been going through regarding childbirth. The part I relate with most is that you were given such an important job from God. We are all given important jobs from God, whether we are preachers, teachers, missionaries, or just a testimony of God’s love with our everyday living. We may not be giving birth to the One that will save us from all our sins, but we are all responsible for sharing the Gospel. That task is scary sometimes.
You had to find an open place to give birth to the Savior. I am trying to find an open heart to accept Him as well. Sometimes I knock on doors, mostly though I just try to knock on their hearts. The world has filled up their hearts, so no room can be found, just like there was no room at the inn for you and Jesus. You gave birth to the Savior in a dirty, messed up place. Sometimes the people most likely to receive the Savior are also a little dirty and most likely messed up, at least by our standards.
You were willing Mary, I hope I am as willing as you in fulfilling God’s purpose for my life. I try.
Doing just what God had told you to do, not only took care of you but others ahead of you. You took care of baby, your one job and others are affected because of that. God directed the Wise men towards you. Sometimes when I share God’s love with someone, I have no idea what God’s plan is. He may be directing that person to be a preacher, missionary, or even just a great example of a Christian family. I am doing my small (big) job and God is using it to influence the world.
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