I was sitting recently holding my new nephew. He was only 5 days old when I sat looking into his innocent glassy eyes. I just sat and took all of him in, absorbing the new miracle God had place into our family.
It’s what Christmas is all about. It’s about the wonder of a baby sent down from heaven. As I sat looking down at this baby it hit me. God sent His son down from heaven, where all the power, glory, majesty, and honor of the throne was, into a fallen world full of pain, suffering, evil, and hardship.
God sent Jesus into our world, placing him into the arms of a teenage unwed mother, in a dirty barn, during travel where they’d have no supplies or rest for a new mother having just given birth. He sent Him to a workingman, who had no grand prestige, money, power, or status. He was a simple construction worker, getting by working with his hands, and yet willing to marry this pregnant fiancé in spite of what his friends, family, and nosey neighbors thought.
Joseph… not much is said about him, and yet so much seems to be clear. He was a hard worker. He was tireless in providing for his family in the best way he knew how. I am sure when Jesus came into the workshop, Joseph listened to him, he showed him how to do things, taught him, played with him, and made sure that no matter what was going on in life, he was taken care of. There were many trials for this growing family. Times they had to pick up and do what was necessary for safety and to survive. Joseph quietly went about all of this, never wavering, always moving forward. During Christmas we often hear so much about Mary, and wonder what she thought and heard. But this year, I got to thinking about Joseph.
When I see the miracle of a baby born at Christmas, I see more than just this tiny new life. I see more than the baby who will one day grow to be a man, the one who will go on to die in our place, for our sins, so that we can all one day go to heaven with Him. I see a whole family, a young mother, a new father, and a tiny new life. I see the miracle of choosing the path asked of them. Choosing to walk a hard path. They could have chosen a path that was different, maybe easier, but they chose to walk the one placed directly before them. Because of their choices, God used them to further His plan for the world.
Maybe you don’t feel like you do much, but just choosing to walk the path set before you is enough for God. He has a plan for each of us, just like he did Mary and Joseph, and for his own son. Maybe we wont raise up the Savior of the world, but maybe something we do in the course of walking out our lives will be what it takes to make a difference in someone else’s.
God has amazing plans, for each of us, and one of the miracles of Christmas is that He chooses to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things!
Merry Christmas! May God bless you richly this year…