Posted by Craig Borlase on 25 December 2015

Two ordinary, working class teenagers. That’s who God chose.

Living in a backwater place that was little more than a bunch of caves. That’s where He found them.

Their plans were good. They were in love and were looking to build a life together. Yet God hijacked them.

In an instant she became an unmarried pregnant girl. She was at risk. A potential outcast who by law could have been stoned to death.

And Joseph? He lost the chance of the picture-perfect future. So he made a plan B, choosing to navigate away from the shame of bringing up another man’s child.

In all this mess, God was still at work. Among the failed dreams and desperate re-thinks of what to do with life, God was at work. Never once did His eyes skip away. Never once did He test out some better options.

Today’s the day that we remember how God stayed the course. The messy, unimpressive, costly course. Will we?

Messy Christmas, everyone.

More like this

Journeying with Children in worship

Doug Horley - AKA Duggie Dug Dug - is a Children's evangelist, worship leader and songwriter. When it comes to making progress with children and worship, he knows what he's talking about.

Fat, dumb and happy: is this the state of the Church today?

I’ve seen that ISIS is awful – terrorism taken to a whole new level. It’s evil, yet God’s kingdom is growing like never before in Iraq, and it’s the same in other countries too. When people try to destroy the church it grows exponentially. The church grows when we face adversity.

Rock Of Ages - Hymn Devotional

It turned out that never having heard the original melody is an advantage when you want to write an updated version of a classic hymn. At least, it was for me when I sat down to do a number on...