Your Journey to Bethlehem

ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS songs began to play on the radio while driving to work.

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy Father you have come
And chosen me now
To carry your son

            As I listened to Sara Groves sing Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant, my mind traveled to Bethlehem.  Mary, a teenage girl at best, was chosen by God to carry His son.  As the birth approached and the long trip took its toll on her, Mary wondered, “What have I done, Holy Father, that you have come and chosen me to carry your son?”

            Just like Mary, each of us has been chosen by God to do something special for Him.  Some of us have not discovered what that is yet.  Some of us have figured it out, but like Mary, wonder if God has chosen us correctly for His task.  Some of us don’t believe we are worthy enough to do what God is asking.  And some of us have learned to trust God in all circumstances, whether we feel qualified or not, and have moved forward with doing what God has asked of us.

            In Mary’s situation, even though she wondered if someone else should have taken her place, she succumbed to God’s will and offered herself wholly unto Him.

Breath of Heaven
Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of your plan
Help me be strong

            What will you do when God lays His plans for you in your lap?

            It is my prayer that you will trust God has chosen correctly and offer yourself unto Him as you begin your journey to Bethlehem.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”     (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

Grant, Amy.  "Breath of Heaven." Home for Christmas. 1992.

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2 thoughts on “Your Journey to Bethlehem

  1. Well this one made me teary eyed Sheryl…..God laid his plans for my life when I was seven years old….instilling in my being the desire to be a nurse and take care of others, then instilling in me over the next 20 years the desire to take care of moms and their babies by starting my babysitting career at age 11 with the birth of my baby sister Paula and sitting kids in the neighborhood at that young age too. So here I am 47 years later still loving being a nurse and still loving Moms and babies !! So glad I followed his plans for my life!! Thanks for your lovely writings Sheryl; may you have a fun and blessed Christmas season !! ps. looking for your writings have become a part of my morning routine ! Love you sister, Laurie

    1. How wonderful!!! It is so amazing to see how God works in our lives when we follow His plans. You are a wonderful nurse and I can tell that you really enjoy your calling. You also have a blessed Christmas, Laurie!

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