In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 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. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
I really like to travel. I enjoy the choosing of a destination, the planning, the reserving of places to stay or see, the packing, the anticipation, and the actual trip itself. Sometimes it is also a little scary to be so far from home.
Mary and Joseph had to take a trip. They didn’t go by choice. They were required to travel. They probably didn’t plan to have a baby en route, although it was a definite possibility. There was probably more dread than anticipation because Mary was due to deliver shortly. What kind of enjoyment would they get from such a trip at this time in their lives? They couldn’t call ahead for reservations. They had no way of knowing that they would be lucky to get a place in the stable.
Yet they followed the rules and trusted that God would take care of them, just as we need to do every day. We need to step out in faith whether we are traveling or just going out our door. We need to put our faith in God that he will be with us wherever we are.
Dear Lord, as we travel through life, help us to remember that you are with us every step of the way. Sometimes we may end up in a stable rather than in a 5 star hotel. You are our guide and strength. Keep us safe as we travel our road of life. Amen