“The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.” Ovid
She finds herself in a hopeless situation. She asked me, “What can I do?” The words rang in my brain this morning. After all, what can she do? She no longer has parents. She’s overstayed her visa. She can’t work. She is locked in a temporary prison. This is one of hundreds of people, all with a desperate story. Yet, she is so fragile–looking sick, frail, and perhaps anorexic. Who knows how long she will call this existence her life?
As I sit here sipping coffee and eating a slice of pecan pie, I’m trying to make sense of this daily life I lead. Sure, I get to rub noses with people who have real problems, but what is this hope I have to offer them?
In Luke 2:6, we read how Joseph took Mary to Bethlehem to be taxed. He traveled this route because he was fulfilling his right as a citizen of his country. Yet, more than a thousand years before the birth of Jesus, it had been foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Joseph may have questioned God about why he was to travel all of this distance when it was time for the birth of the baby– as he probably didn’t know about the foretelling of the birth. Yet, it wasn’t necessary. In this story, we can see clearly that God’s divine appointments happen in His time, as a result of what we might call circumstances. The bottom line is that He knows them all and well in advance.
Since God cared so deeply about the place where Jesus should be born, doesn’t it make sense that He also cares that each of these people I met are in a seemingly hopeless situation? Does He hear their prayers and answer them?
Yesterday, I met a delicate rose. It seems she is wilting quickly. My prayer for her this Christmas is that somehow she will dance in the hope of a living God. I believe He cares that she is far away from her home in a situation that I deem as hopeless.
Is it possible that He has a purpose in her long distance travel?