“Unmet Expectations”?

Absorbing God’s Word

“So, Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.” Luke 2: 4-5

Applying God’s Word

Joseph and Mary would have traveled about 80 miles in rugged terrain and cold weather, to reach Bethlehem; about ten miles a day. They were at risk of being attacked by road bandits, lions, bears and wild boar, too.

Their faith in making that trip was very much on my mind, the day after Christmas, when I couldn’t get to Palm Desert to be with my wife Louise.

I left at 5:30am. Three hours later I saw road signs that the Grape Vine was closed due to snow. I headed to Hwy. 58, but it was closed. The one route open was Hwy. 178. I drove an hour out of my way, only to find out that it had just closed, too.

After nine hours of driving, I ended up at a hotel in Bakersfield California. I was fatigued and discouraged, but never cold, attacked, without food or a warm place to sleep. God was with me, just like He was with them.

Accounting of God’s Word

Was Christmas hard for me this year? Was I thankful anyway?

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