“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” (Proverbs 16:9, NLT)
The promise was that the Messiah would be coming and he came in the most unusual way! God chose a common woman to be our Lords mother, born in an obscure place a rundown old manger no big earthly palace, no media with breaking news. The light shown leading the shepherds, the wise men followed a star and they showed up with no glamor, no media, just a simple man and woman holding a baby! What if they looked at each other and said, “What?! This was a waste of time!” I wonder what they would have missed out on personally on their journey of life if they failed to take the steps and learn from each moment.
Let’s personalize this story there are some people and opportunities that God has placed in our life to help us reach your destiny. They may not look the part or seem to have the resources we need or that we know very well, but they may provide you an opportunity, introduce you to someone you need to be connected with. They may have wisdom or advice that will thrust you forward in life. We have to remember that these divine appointments have been orchestrated by God Almighty. Divine appointments aren’t always the people you would expect. In fact, oftentimes they are the people you don’t expect — a person at the store, a person you don’t know, a person you may not even like or someone who may seem to be less influential. But God can give anyone an idea. God can use anyone to make a connection. We should always be open to receive from others. We should always treat everyone we encounter with dignity, honor and respect. You never know who God is going to use in your life to help you reach your destiny.
This Christmas season let’s remember what the experience at the manger did for the shepherds but also for all of mankind. We can be on the front end of movement or we can live trying to catch up to what God intended for us.