Jesus was born in a stable. Did you ever really stop to imagine what it must have looked like in there?
Thousands of people coming into a small town to pay taxes. They were riding animals a long way. They would've been dirty, tired, sweaty and smelly.
The straw and hay if there was any left might have been trampled down and dirty.
It would have dark.
It would've been drafty.
There were probably cobwebs hanging in every corner and rafter.
But there was room, at least a stall. Or maybe they shared the same space as their own donkey.
In any case, these were not ideal circumstances.
Mary, was a very young woman who was pregnant through the Spirit of God! She not only was feeling the apprehensions of all young mothers to be, but also felt the wonder and excitement of bearing the world's Savior.
Joseph, like any man, is no doubt very nervous in this situation and wants his bride to be comfortable and wants to provide the best for her and the Baby. I wonder if he felt like he failed that night?
No, I cannot imagine delivering a child in those circumstances.
But little is much with God in it. My mother in law used to say that all the time and over the years I have come to learn that God shines in the small places. He radiates in low times. He is strong when I am weak.
Thank you, God.
Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7 NASB)
Please do not be worried if your house is not decorated to perfection, if you didn't get to bake every cookie in the cookbook, or couldn't buy the best of all gifts. God will take care of all of it if we put Him first in all of it.