It wasn’t a fun time in my life. I wouldn’t have signed up for the anxiety and depression I experienced after a minor car accident. Nine months of questions, doubts, and fears was almost more than I could handle. But looking back on the trial, I can see God had a purpose for it.
At the time, I was challenged by a counselor to begin journaling. What began as random thoughts in a notebook eventually led to a blog and opportunities to share God’s truth on-line and in print. The Lord was able to take something I labeled as “bad” and turn it into something “good.” Isn’t that just like our God?
Not what they expected
Remember the first Christmas? Mary and Joseph’s plans were radically altered after Mary was visited by an angel who told her she would be the mother of Jesus.
The months that followed must have been difficult for the couple – the whispers of the townspeople, the looks, the snide remarks. They probably hadn’t imagined their engagement would unfold like this.
It gets worse
Then they heard about the decree. Caesar Augustus sent word that everyone was to return to the city of his birth to be counted, so taxes could be accurately calculated. The timing couldn’t be worse. Mary was nearing her due date, and she and Joseph would have to travel to Judea– several days journey away.
Imagine Mary’s concern as she and Joseph got farther and farther away from all that was familiar. There was a very real possibility the baby would come while they were in Bethlehem.
The final straw
When they arrived in town the inns were already booked. The stable was the only space that offered shelter from the elements.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7
Can you imagine your baby being born in a stable? The conditions were anything but sanitary and must have seemed chaotic to Mary and Joseph. But all along, God had a purpose and plan.
From bad to good
No doubt the difficulties faced by Mary and Joseph seemed trivial to them once Jesus was born. He was the One prophesied to save His people from their sins. From a series of situations that looked “bad,” the Lord brought about something “great.” God kept His promise to send a Savior to a needy world.
Are you facing a situation that seems really bad? Remember God’s promise that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for the reminder that You are aware of what is happening in my life. And You allow things for a reason. Help me to trust You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Maria I. Morgan is passionate about sharing the truths of God’s Word with today’s generation. Originally an inspirational author and speaker for adults, Maria has widened her circle to include kids. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties – the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!