Luke 2:6-7 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no lodging available for them.
Mary rode heavily pregnant on a donkey, it was not an exciting journey, they were not ready for it but there was a decree for everyone to be counted and they were in the will of God. Let me just say here and now, being in the will of God does not guarantee comfort. I don’t know about you but I’d rather be uncomfortable in the will of God than be comfortable out of God’s will.
They were not going to Bethlehem to have a child; they were going to be counted but it happens the child came along as though unexpectedly so much more that he had to be born in a manger because there was no room at the inn. There was no doubt that God had spoken to both Mary and Joseph, there was no doubt that they were in the will of God. There was no doubt that there had been prophesies about the birth of the Savior.
Isn’t it interesting that the same God who spoke to Joseph and Mary, the same God who knew the child will be born on this trip didn’t make arrangements for them to get a room in the inn?
What happens when the water breaks before you are ready? There’s no doubt that God wants you to be in that relationship but every effort you try hits a snag. So what do you do when your relationship ends when you aren’t ready? What happens when your job comes to an abrupt end?
In the darkness of night, the light of the world is about to be born but you can feel the frustration of Joseph who each door that he knocks on is shut in his face yet the child cannot wait so they’re forced to go to the barns and the child has to be born in a manger. Listen, God never promised your life on earth will be easy, God never promised that your life will be a smooth sail just because you are in His will, God never promised that your relationship won’t face challenges to a point of breaking up. Nothing about these illustrations negates God’s faithfulness over His word. Whether the water broke when you are ready or not, it doesn’t matter. The child has to be born; God’s purposes have to come to fulfillment. Will you stay frustrated at every door that is shut in your face or will you go to the barns and make a place in the manger for that which God has ordained to come forth?
It may hurt a little, it may give you some sleepless nights but in the end, the child will be born. Sometimes you have to stop living in the moment and live for the unexpected. Ready or not, we are called to be prepared in season and out of season because
Child of God, It Happens When It Happens.