Dear Immanuel family,
How many of you have ever taken a trip not knowing where you will stop for the night? We often do that since we aren't sure when we will get off, how many stops we will make, or what the road conditions will be like.
It makes me think of another couple who traveled not knowing where they would spend the night, Joseph & Mary, and the unlikely Innkeeper who had no room for them in his inn. Certainly theInnkeeper had no idea who he turned away that night. Maybe his inn was full or perhaps he just decided they were too poor to pay the going rate, or didn't want to risk housing a pregnant guest, or that they were from Nazareth and spoke with a strange accent.
We don't know how Joseph found the stable for he and his wife, maybe the Innkeeper directed them to the inn's stable where his other guests left their animals for the night. What we do know is that all the events, Caesar's census, Joseph's background, the inn's overbooking, the primitive place of a stable, all fell in to place to bring about God's perfect plan. At that moment the stable became holy ground.
Jesus' birth didn't bring much celebration on Earth, but it brought down a myriad of angels from heaven and the entire creation rejoiced because only God could bring all this together. If you or I had been the Innkeeper would we have seen Jesus and "made room for him?" Maybe we need to rearrange things in our lives so that there is more room for Him this Christmas.