Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Journey

Luke 2:4-5

Years ago, I remember pregnant women past their due date being advised to take a bumpy car ride. Mary, the mother of Jesus, endured an 80-mile ride between Nazareth and Bethlehem. With Joseph traveling on foot and her on a donkey, the trip would have taken between four to seven days.

On our journey through life, we encounter many stressful situations. Just as Mary and Joseph did what they had to do, we can follow their example of perseverence.

12 comments:

Jeanette Levellie said...

It does seem bumpy at times, doesn't it? So thankful the Lord is leading my "donkey."

Love you,
Jen

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

It sure does get bumpy. I love your word picture of Jesus leading my donkey. :)

Love,
Suze

Shmologna said...

Isn't it also amazing that during such a long journey, God didn't allow her baby to be born any sooner or for her to have complications?

God watches over us and each of us is part of a plan.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Shmologna -

Yes, God's timing is perfect. Our trust and obedience keep us in the center of His will.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Sharon Ball said...

When I think of Mary and Joseph's story I feel silly for whining about my car. Can you imagine how rough the trip to Bethlehem had to be? I'm so glad the Lord loved mankind so much that He sent His only Son to save us.

Merry Christmas, Susan.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sharon -

I can't imagine having to travel on a donkey or by foot. It was difficult enough using buses and subways growing up and into my adult years. Like you, it gives me a new appreciation for my car.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Carla Gade said...

Excellent example of surviving a bumpy ride. And Jesus was born exactly when God ordained. Our times are also in His hands.

Laura Frantz said...

Great post, Susan. Makes me wonder why I groan at all my little bumps. God is so patient. I bet Mary had lots of patience, too. Something to ponder this season.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Carla -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I enjoy your blog and pop over there several times a week. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh! LOL I can't imagine riding a donkey when I'm pregnant. It would like the baby would just bounce right out! LOL

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

Especially at nine months...

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Laura -

Thanks. Your comment triggered some thoughts for a possible devotional. :)

Merry Christmas,
Susan