Day 5: Joy in Little Things
Scripture: Micah 5:2 & Luke 2: 4-5
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[b] of Judah out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
“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.”
There was 600 years between the time that Micah prophesied about the Messiah and when Joseph took that famous trip to Bethlehem. During this long period of time the people of Israel thought that God had given up on them. But when God makes a promise, he always keeps it. God puts so much effort into the details, even tiniest little details, which included the little town of Bethlehem. Bethlehem was to be the birth place of Jesus. The little things, and the promises kept throughout the Bible are a big part of how we know God’s words are true.
Just like God had so many small details in the time and place, and for the preparation for the birth of Jesus, God takes the time to put effort into so many details for you and your life too. God pays attention to all his children and has a unique plan for each one of us too!
Have you ever been busy playing with your barbies or action figures? Think about how you create a plot with your dolls, maybe barbie is busy baking cookies in your new barbie house and the next minute she is attacked by a giant dinosaur…. Or perhaps you are playing with your action figure in the back yard and suddenly your dog jumps in, grabs him and runs off. A few minutes later you locate that action figure and he is now missing an arm so you create a new story
Like our Barbie and action figures, one-minute things can be going well, and the next things can completely change. God never promised us a comfortable life, even when we are being obedient, sometimes we can be left feeling disappointed that God did not answer our prayer, heal us, or give us the desire of our heart. Even though things might not go the way we want them to go, we must trust that it is all part of the plan that God has for our lives.
From start to finish, Mary and Joseph’s journey had lots of unexpected twists and turns and it was not an easy one, but often, like with Jesus’ birth, the hard details are important ones. If there had been room in the inn for Jesus to be born, there would have been no room for the shepherds to come visit the baby. If the shepherds hadn’t been part of the story, then who would have gone out telling everyone what they saw in the stable? Our lives are like a story, and God connects every little detail for his glory, but we have to trust that his story is better than any story we could have imagined for ourselves; it is the story of God’s will being done in our lives.
Prayer: God, thank you for all the things that you have done for me. Thank you for sending your son to save the world. I pray that I can understand your plans for my life, and that I can accept your will, even when I don’t understand. In Jesus name. Amen.
Activity: Parents tell your kids a story about how God used something hard, or that you didn’t understand at the time, to work out things for the good in your life.
Challenge: Today try to think of a detail in your day that you didn’t plan but was pretty awesome. Do you need to leave more room in your life for God to work out the details?