Read: Luke 2:4 (Joseph and Mary traveling)
A few years ago, I had to make a 6 hour car trip while recovering from pneumonia. My physical condition made the trip seem even longer than it really was . . . and I was traveling in a climate controlled car, sitting on a comfortable chair. Can you imagine how long the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem must have felt for a very pregnant Mary and Joseph? On the odometer, the distance between those locations was only 80 miles, but in a day before cars, the journey probably took them around a week — and it probably felt like a year! Yet all this was done to fulfill the prophecy that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
Question of the Day: Have you ever felt like something in your life was taking FOREVER to develop? How does reflecting on the journey to Bethlehem encourage you concerning God’s timing?
NOTE: Each day between now and Christmas, I will be posting these devotional thoughts concerning Advent to this blog. The artwork for each day is a product of children from Wildwood Community Church‘s Children’s ministry. You can also access these posts via the “wildwoodchildren” Instagram feed or Wildwood Community Church’s Facebook page.