For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears.
- Zephaniah 3:17
Have you ever thought about how difficult it must have been for Mary to carry and give birth to baby Jesus?
First, she faced great shame for being pregnant and not yet married. Then she struggled with the fear that Joseph, her betrothed, would abandon her when she told him she was pregnant.
In addition, she had to travel to Bethlehem on a donkey only days before she delivered. Once they arrived, she and Joseph couldn’t find any place to stay. They went from inn to inn looking for shelter, but everywhere was occupied due to the census. So, they found a quiet place to sleep in an innkeeper’s stable for the night. Surrounded by animals neighing and cooing, with the smells of the earth and hay hanging in the air, baby Jesus was born.
Today, you may be facing a difficult situation like Mary. You may look around at your surroundings or problems and question how you got to where you are. But God has not forgotten you. He sees you and is with you. He will carry you to where you need to be. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Prayer: Jesus, help me in my unbelief. Please give me the strength to trust you when I don’t see what you are doing. Amen.