Mary had just given birth to the Son of God himself. What must have been going through her mind and heart? What a responsibility. What an honor. God handpicked her for this very special mission. But her circumstances were not what she might have hoped for. She probably would rather have given birth in the comfort of her own home, with fresh linens and a bed to sleep on. With friends and family close by, and a trusted midwife to help her with her first birth.
But sometimes, the most incredible miracles happen in very unexpected moments. In the less-perfect moments. In the unplanned. The times, where we feel least in control. Even in a stable. That is where God is in full control, and will use even the most chaotic situations to serve His purpose.
That’s when we look up and decide to trust that he is Sovereign. It’s not a feeling, but an intentional act of worship. And that is what brings his Father heart the most JOY. When we have faith in Him and His plan for our lives.