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Advent Devotions for Moms Day 15

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethelehem… – Luke2: 4

 

 

Do you know how far that is – Galilee to Bethlehem?

 

80 miles.

 

On donkey.

 

9 months pregnant.

 

Wouldn’t you have liked to be a fly on the wall for that conversation?

 

Joseph: So…… we need to go register for the tax.

 

Mary: Okay.

 

Joseph: In Nazareth.

 

Mary: Silent. Staring.

 

Joseph: Um… you can have the donkey.

 

Mary – Silent.

 

Joseph : Um… and my food.

 

Mary – Silent, and in tears.

 

Joseph : I’ll go find Elizabeth.

 

Contrary to popular folklore, they wouldn’t have gone alone. They shouldn’t have because  the area between the spaces is where Jews were often attacked on the road if they were alone. So, they were probably in caravan with many others who were also going to the registration. So they were one of many.

 

I know Mary is revered world wide for being holy, flawless, and submissive, but I’m standing by that she bawled her eyes out at this turn of events.

 

Had at it.

 

Why?

 

Because every woman I have ever known is done around the 9 month mark. D-O-N-E.

And not one of them would want to be on a donkey ride for 80 miles – even if it meant being done with pregnancy and birthing a child.

No thanks, sign me up for another gig, not happening.

Most of us can relate to this. We are there.

Our plans, our dreams, our kids very lives often don’t go according to plan. And many of us find we are on that 80 mile stretch. We are there.

We may be in the midst of people but alone.

We may be afraid but are doing it.

We may be fresh out of energy, ideas, hope and yet, walk one step at a time.

We may or may not have a partner that understands, one who is called and walking with us – but we are strengthened from the inside.

We offer a Holy “Yes”, birthed from the center of our soul, not our mind or heart. 

Agreeing to the design of life no longer means we drive the donkey, it means we go along for the ride.

Yes to the One who is Holy, in surrender and as much trust as we can offer.

Tonight, offer your “yes”.

 

In Joy, Vikki

 

Advent Devotions for Moms Day 15