“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth
in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David,
because he belonged to the house and line of David.
He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged
to be married to him and was expecting a child.”
– Luke 2:4-5 (NIV)
The journey Joseph and Mary would take to the delivery room God had chosen was a journey back to their homeland, back to where their story began and a long-passed-on prophet knew: “Out of [Bethlehem] will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:2 NIV).
“Home” is where we meet God, where we have Christmas every day, where we rest knowing God is in charge and we don’t have to be. Coming home to our families each night brings us joy and peace, and working through our days to get home to God every second allows so much more. We meet God in the blessings He showers on us, in the friends who help and support us, in the family members who love us and journey with us. And we keep going, because no matter how scared we might get at some intersections or unknown roads, we know God is waiting, arms open wide to welcome us in, so glad to be with us even if we get a little lost or sidetracked along the way.
God knows our steps, and when we trust them to Him, we, like Mary and Joseph, will find safe passage and the delivery room for all we’ve been created to bring forth, too. We can trust Jesus to be there, as home and home again we go.
Father, thank You for always planning the perfect journey for us. Help us trust You and follow You unafraid.
Have mom or dad promise each child they’ll be somewhere with a big hug when the child finds them. Then have one parent or an older child walk each child a long and winding rout through the house or yard to get to the other parent. When the child arrives, have the parent keep his or her promise.