But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.- Micah 5:2
When Mary was far along in her pregnancy, a census was ordered and everyone had to report back to their hometowns. Where did Joseph have to go? Bethlehem. Where did Mary go into labor? Bethlehem. The most random set of circumstances had been foretold and ordained by God. It's funny that when things happen to us we somehow forget that God is in control. One of my favorite scriptures, and yet, the hardest to accept is Romans 8:28 (And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose.) It seems like a lie when I'm the midst of heartbreaking situations. However, it's the most glorious truth and one of the most comforting promises. The promise that no matter what, God is in control and working out everything, not just in my life, but in the lives of billions of people, for HIS greater good, is a sigh of relief. It's a hope that rests not just in my heart, but in the hearts of millions of other believers who look to see the end of this entire story: the baby who came so humbly, and the man who laid down his life for our shame, will return victorious to finish the job..