At the point of Christ’s birth it’s pretty wild to think that Mary (His mother) was the one human being who best understood who God was and what He was doing. She was pretty shocked when the news came to her (from the angel Gabriel – gotta love that name). It’s interesting to think that God chose her to best understand how He wanted to handle things from the beginning of His Son’s life here on earth. He knew she could handle it, and also knew that Joseph would be the one to help her through the past 9 months.
I think we all can relate to being shocked when God wants to use us, but I know I fall short quite a bit because I think I can do it all on my own. Mary couldn’t have escaped town on her own after Christ was born. She couldn’t have made it miles on a donkey alone. To think that God has made ways for us to be used, and then wonder how many extraordinary events we’ve missed because we go it alone. Praise God for my wife and friends that help me realize the times when God is turning me towards my Bethlehem moments! Ordinary becomes extraordinary more often with the help of others!