Post # 994
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
One year ago I was thinking of two special births. The first was my first child…..a daughter…..and it would be that arrival which would forever redefine my role in not just my family but in society, as well. The second child was from another time, as well as another place. And yet the role of that other new mother was no different than was mine. You see, until you have nurtured and reared a child, whether they were conceived in your body or in your heart, you can never really understand the magnitude and importance of your role in life. But carry this trusting, innocent being in your arms, and my oh my!
Looking to us for everything, how can we not try our very best to give them the very best start on life’s road that we can. No, the journey we make is not easy, but to make it we must…..when the welfare of a new life, hangs in the balance! And so I share today’s throwback “Thought” from this day, exactly one year ago!
Thought For The Day 12/06/12
Imagine something for a moment. You have just found out that a child would be arriving into the world and this announcement comes from your spouse, with whom you’ve never had intercourse. What would you think and do? Well most people would most likely be heading for the hills, skid marks the only trace remaining that their existence had ever been! However, we know that Joseph, when faced with this news, chose to remain with the woman he loved, much to the shock and probable taunts of the people back home. It could not have been an easy decision but there was never any other choice in his mind, and the young couple did, indeed, marry. This most likely occurred during late spring or early summer, somewhere around 7 BC. (We have a rudimentary understanding of the date because we have more evidence regarding the reign of Caesar Augustus and knowledge of when the decree was issued in 8 BC that all families would be numbered to make taxation an easier process for the Roman Empire. We also know that in the kingdom of Herod, this edict took place about a year later because of dissent among the Israeli population about being included in this accounting.)
It was not necessary that Mary make the journey but she was hoping for a visit with Elizabeth, a relative and did not want to chance giving birth while Joseph was away! The shortest way south toward Jerusalem was decided upon. The journey, which would take them through treacherous regions, would not be an easy one, but they depart, from the hills of Nazareth, in Galilee and were most likely a part of a caravan which would afford some increased protection during the journey. The very poor would have needed to walk, which would have been unthinkable for a pregnant woman back then and while we really do not have evidence of this fact, it was likely that Mary made the journey atop a donkey. Normally it would take about four days to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. However, fearing the possibility of a miscarriage, Joseph would have insisted on a slower journey and it likely took a week or more.
Their journey took them past mountains which was an easy way to identify landmarks during the trip. They passed Mt. Gilboa, and Mt. Sartaba, which overlooked the Jordan valley and they probably stopped in Jericho along the way. They traveled through storms and under sunny skies and the heat of the day and it is certain that the journey was both exhausting as well as a worrisome one given Mary’s advanced pregnancy. The group would have certainly stopped to celebrate the Sabbath which was fortunate as it allowed this young woman an opportunity for a much deserved respite!
The journey would have taken them past Dothan, where Joseph (of the coat of many colors) was sold into slavery, past the Samarian city of Shomrom-Sebaste, where Jacob’s well is located, (the place where Jesus will meet a Samaritan woman and promise her eternal life), and Bethel, where Jacob dreamt of the ladder carrying the angels up and down, to and from heaven. Their arrival in Jerusalem was a cause to celebrate as they would finally see Elizabeth, Zacharias, and their baby who would grow and become John the Baptist, and they would also be able to sleep somewhere other than the ground! As Jerusalem lay only 10 miles from Bethlehem, their journey was nearly over.
This last leg of the journey was the most arduous of any days so far as Mary’s labor was beginning and daylight was waning when they finally arrive in Bethlehem, in the land of Judea. However, even though Joseph sought to spend the night with relatives, and at other places of lodging, all of the rooms were taken. Finally, they are told that the stable area had been cleared of animals to make room for the travelers. Although it was carved out of the side of rock, it was shelter, dry, fairly warm and it was likely that draped cloths afforded the young couple some privacy. And, as it was told in Luke 2:6 NIV, “While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born…”
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
36 years ago today I presented the world with a beautiful baby girl. She is my delight and I am so very proud of the woman she has become! The night she was born, I held her in my arms and watched the snow falling outside my window. Never before had snow looked so glorious to me!
Sabrina Bruscella Hilliard!
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