In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city
of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger,
because there was no place for them in the inn.
Luke 2:1-7 ESV
No place in the inn. No room.
The familiar Christmas story plays out as Mary is chosen by God to carry His only Son into a needy world, and Joseph willingly follows God’s leading through circumstances outside of his control. We ponder the story each December and the wonder of a baby, being laid in an animal’s feeding trough on his way to a cross captures our attention and our hearts.
How humble his beginning. How incredible that this journey started with…
No room in the inn.
That story plays out in context all around us. Perhaps with your story?
God calls and you follow. Maybe it’s to do something simple: go here, go there. Serve here, serve there. Leave this, do that.
And you follow the circumstances that are out of your control, because it’s God’s story playing out in your life.
Then – no room. Perhaps you lose that job. Perhaps your situation of life changes drastically. Perhaps people around you turn away from you. Perhaps you find yourself alone – there’s no room for you in a place you had expected to be. There you are – like Joseph – and you find… “no room.”
What about your need ?? “No room.”
What about your hopes?? “No room.”
What about someone you can turn to?? “No room.”
What does God offer?
Room. There’s room for you in His plan. His perfect plan. He’s the One that created that plan, so the place – the room – will always be there and exactly where it’s supposed to be, no matter what it may seem like as you see it. You may see “no room.” God sees the perfect plan being played out in your life that He created and planned just for you. A plan that is outside of anything our imagine can dream of. That’s where your place – your room – will always be as you trust Him for where He is taking you.
“No room” brought a baby born in a barn and laid in an animal feeding trough.
“No room” brought the start of the greatest story ever told: the humblest beginning to the most miraculous of endings –