Mary and Micah


Mary riding donkey

But you, Bethlehem Ephratha, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (Micah 5:2).

The pregnant girl named Mary may have ridden upon a donkey, sidled a camel, or walked, the Bible doesn’t tell us. One thing for sure: the young virgin girl would make it to Bethlehem before giving birth to the baby Jesus. There was no chance of her getting lost or arriving late.

Some 500 years earlier, the prophet Micah said that the Saviour of the world would be born in Bethlehem. Mary couldn’t have gotten lost on her way and given birth in an alleyway in Jerusalem. No twisted ankle, blistered feet, or motion sickness would keep the pregnant girl from fulfilling God’s will. There was no concern for delays, for Jesus would be born at just the perfect time in history (Galatians 4:4). Anything and everything in Mary’s journey was in the designed plan of God. Mary was going to give birth at the appointed time and in the appointed place.

Ponder Mary’s journey. Twists and turns on the road. Emotional strains, delays, shoes feeling too tight. Late morning starts, tooth aches, impatient businessmen on the road. The sovereign God will not only get you day-to-day through this life, as He did Mary, He will also get you to your eternal destiny in His timing.

Your Father in Heaven has an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you (1 Peter 1:4) and He is working all things together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

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