Reflection based on Luke 2:6.
It’s hard to imagine that in His providence, in His foreknowledge, His plan, which He made before time began, was coming to fruition in a dark and unlikely place.
And He did it on purpose. Clearing out the delivery room of busy guests, distracted workers, and bringing a quiet peace in the midst of a bustling Bethlehem.
There in the shelter of what many believe was a more a cave than a barn, God assembled the little family He’d chosen for His Son.
The frightened step-father wondering and praying.
The highly favored mother sweating and crying, holding her breath and gasping.
And Himself. The Great I AM.
The invisible God standing by, watching and working as the baby who was “the image of the invisible God” entered the world. He who invisibly stood-by orchestrated every detail behind the scenes.
In a tiny country, a tiny town, a tiny cave to a tiny girl, all the fullness of Deity was compacted into a tiny baby. The bigness of God in the smallness of human flesh to be our Prince of Peace.
Peace in the midst of turbulent, unexpected circumstances can only be explained as God’s peace. God’s Peace, as the Apostle Paul wrote, “surpasses understanding.” To have a peace that comes from knowing God’s word and His undeniable presence is better than understanding the how’s and why’s of the crisis in the moment.
The assurance of His Word and His presence also provides a sense of calm that can’t be explained away. It surpasses understanding.
If it is our desire to be faithful, chosen, and used for God’s glorious plan, we can expect a sometimes harrowing ride. Though the people God uses are ordinary, his methods rarely are.
But He gives us His peace to comfort and calm us in unexplainable ways even in the midst of His extraordinary and sometimes unexplainable plan.