Scripture:   Luke (NIV) 2:4  And Joseph went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,

5 to be registered with Mary, His betrothed, who was with child. 
6  And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  

Observation:   Of course Rome had no interest in how the requirement to register would affect a poor pregnant woman.  But they had a part in the “Big Picture.”  Surely Mary would have rather stayed home than walk or ride a donkey or horse for the several days this trip would take.  For Mary, the “Big Picture” was that she was about to give birth.  But the “Big Picture” for Mary was not “Big Picture” for God.  For God the “Big Picture” included where Jesus was to be born—in Bethlehem.   (Micah 5:2)

Application:    Many times what I see as the “Big Picture” is really the “Little Picture.”   How things affect me is often the “Big Picture” to me and I am not really concerned about how those things affect God, or others.  I do not see the moment as a part of the future.  I do not see how my words or deeds can be a part of someone’s life.  I do not see how sitting in the doctor’s waiting room can be important for someone sitting nearby.  So I complain about how long it takes instead of looking for the opportunity to share about Jesus. 

Prayer:   Lord, help me keep focused on you. Only you have a clear vision of the “Big Picture.”   Amen 

Pastor Leon
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