God’s Natural Plan – Today’s Thoughts
By Pastor Lee Hemen
December 8, 2008
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7)
Isn’t it amazing how God’s plan for creation is reborn every time a baby is conceived? I mean what was once simply not there now exists and is unique, alive, and aware. How the biology of the situation is in reality a beautiful picture of what God has planned all along. Procreation, birth, life, a baby. Simple yet miraculous.
Here we find the familiar story of Mary and Joseph getting to Bethlehem only to find the crowds so large that many of the spare rooms around that little place were occupied. They have to settle for a warm bed of hay in a stable with a feeding trough for a baby’s cradle. They were not “homeless,” as some would have you believe, because they had a home back in Nazareth. They had journeyed to Bethlehem to be counted for a new governmental tax. They had every intention to return to Nazareth, but things would change for them in this circumstance as well. See, things have not really changed in people’s lives have they? Governments still get intimately involved in the lives of innocent folks and make them do what they want, when they want, simply to satisfy their greed for more money for politicians to spend. But, I digress.
Mary and Joseph were not spurned by any greedy innkeeper either. Believe me folks would have rented them any available space they could if it was to be had. Nowhere in Scripture do we find this to be true. There simply was no other room for them anywhere else. And, believe me they would find it a lot more quiet, comfortable, and peaceful to share a soft stable full of hay, than a noisy room filled with strangers packed into one common area, which was usually the case. Only the quite well off could afford a separate room for themselves and most establishments and homes turned “inns” to make a fast denarius because of the circumstances did not have the extra room either.
We find the couple settling in as Mary gives birth in a stable. Were there animals? Not mentioned. Was there a midwife? Not mentioned? A drummer boy perhaps? Nope. The soft night of the small village is broken by the cries of a newborn baby. The father cuts the umbilical cord, cleans the child off, wraps him tightly in swaddling clothes so he will snuggle down and sleep after his abrupt appearance into this new world. Perhaps Joseph cradled his young son in his arms before handing him over to his tiny young mother. He smiles. A boy. The messiah? How is this possible?
Mary awaits as she watches her husband. Looks to see how he accepts his responsibility of becoming a new father to a child that was not biologically his. She sees his face. She sees his love. She knows things will be alright with this man, her husband, turned father. The baby is given to her and she opens the wrappings, looks to see if he is strong, healthy, and then holds him close to her breast. He suckles and nuzzles his mother as only newborns do. Quietly, softly he burps, and lets off a small sigh of contentment. He is safe, warm, and full. He is in the arms of his family. All is calm, all is quiet. She wraps him in his swaddling and places him the nearby manger that Joseph has prepared with new soft sweet smelling hay. A new born baby boy. Isn’t God wonderful? Isn’t the miracle of birth the perfect picture of eternal life, or rebirth, of hope, and now salvation? How beautiful that God’s plan was so simple, humble, and majestic. It was part of God’s natural plan.
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