Honored to Need the Babe in the Manger

December 5, 2014 by Nama

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i was up at 4am doing laundry, suitcases are everywhere, piles are a mile high. Adrenaline is high, excitement electric, this is the day we have been waiting for.

Final preparation and one last night of rest in our beds. I board a 2pm flight tomorrow to meet Travis and Melissa on their journey to their baby girl. Tim and Blessing board an 8pm flight to spend  9 days in Dallas with our Fischer Family. Tim’s mom has not been well. Tim needs to go, please pray. 

It is tempting to believe we are a breath away from the finish line in this journey. The  next weeks will hold so much more than we can imagine or anticipate. There is much that is unknown and uncertain.

One sweet first mamma will say the hardest good-bye she has ever had to say. And this after she has labored and delivered or been through major surgery.

Lifetime Mamma and Daddy will wait in prayerful faith that the process will be completed as they ache for it to be. We wait for them to  be granted the privilege of nurturing one tiny girl into the truth and hope of HIS Love.  All this as their hearts break for the birth mamma who is trusting her most precious treasure to them.

Two precious toddlers, with ear infections and pink eye will leave their security and familiar, entering a whirlwind of crazy change and unfamiliar.

It is not easy to leave My Man and our girls.

My Man would prefer to have me in Texas as we walk this season with our Fischer Family.

My Man would prefer to have Me with Blessing at this time.  Blessing would prefer to be with Mamma. I would prefer to be SUPERNAMA and be everywhere, managing all things.

Emotions will be high, exhaustion will dominate.

We have no doubts, we know we are each headed in the directions we need to be going.We feel beyond blessed to be allowed to join in these journeys with those we love most.

And…

The Baby we Celebrate in this season, Our Saviour, will be right in the midst of it all orchestrating every single detail.

Our pray is this…

That all will see Calvary and the Love that was sent in this Christmas season through every single detail of the weeks to come for the Fischer Family.

When i opened this devo today and read John Piper’s words there was a sweet calm assurance…all we need to know is that our Lord and Saviour holds each tiny detail in His loving hands.

DEVOTIONAL FOR DECEMBER 5

No Detour from Calvary

John Piper

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 2:6–7)

Now you would think that if God so rules the world as to use an empire-wide census to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, he surely could have seen to it that a room was available in the inn.

Yes, he could have. And Jesus could have been born into a wealthy family. He could have turned stone into bread in the wilderness. He could have called 10,000 angels to his aid in Gethsemane. He could have come down from the cross and saved himself. The question is not what God could do, but what he willed to do.

God’s will was that though Christ was rich, yet for your sake he became poor. The “No Vacancy” signs over all the motels in Bethlehem were for your sake. “For your sake he became poor” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

God rules all things — even motel capacities — for the sake of his children. The Calvary road begins with a “No Vacancy” sign in Bethlehem and ends with the spitting and scoffing of the cross in Jerusalem.

And we must not forget that he said, “He who would come after me must deny himself and take up his cross.”

We join him on the Calvary road and hear him say, “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you” (John 15:20).

To the one who calls out enthusiastically, “I will follow you wherever you go!” Jesus responds, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Yes, God could have seen to it that Jesus have a room at his birth. But that would have been a detour off the Calvary road.

And so as i see it all we really have left to ask is this…

Do i trust HIS love, His plan and His power ?

Do i desire, above all else, that every moment of my life will point other’s to the gift of the Manger, making the way for Calvary.

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