The Journey


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“And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:1-7, bold emphasis added).

God used a man’s decree to move Joseph and Mary from all that was familiar to the place where He had decreed Jesus would be born. Pregnant on the back of a donkey. The King James Version notes, she was “great with child.” There is no way this journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem was a comfortable one for Mary. One writer estimates it was a journey of approximately 100 miles and took 8 to 10 days to complete. No, it was in no way a comfortable journey, but it was a necessary one.

So it is at times for each of us – He sets us on journeys to birthing places He has ordained, sometimes initiating the journey through external circumstances and at times which are inconvenient, at least according to our self-directed plans. The journey can be taxing on every level, with alternating moments of doubt and trust but the One Who calls us out also guides, provides, and accompanies us each step of the way.