Friday, December 19, 2008

Angels With Flu

We were headed up to Mom and Dad's today for their annual Live Nativity; Jacob Daniel was playing the part of the Angel Gabriel and he has been working on his lines all month. Cambria was in the little toddler choir singing Away in the Manger with all the actions.

But it is not to be. . . an ice storm last night and flu this morning pretty well made the decision for us!

It feels a little odd to be suddenly given an extra day in the middle of the busiest time of the year and I am enjoying it. Cambria is sleeping when she isn't cuddling and Daniel helped Jacob make an ice igloo before he went in to work for some overtime.

I'm never very good at being flexible; changes in my plans are hard for me to adjust to. But today I've been thinking about Mary and all of the adjustments she had to make. She wasn't planning on getting pregnant, that's for sure! She wasn't planning to have to travel when she was in her third trimester and she probably wasn't planning on having her first born Child in the stable, either. Scripture doesn't record two hours spent trying to convince the Angel Gabriel of her virginity and it doesn't mention a stressed out dialog with Joseph on the merits of bumpy travel; she isn't remembered weeping that she had less than perfect surroundings for the birth of her Son. Instead she chose to treasure the strange, unplanned circumstances that she found herself in. I wonder how my life would change if I followed her example?

"But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart." Luke 2:19

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