Sunday, December 21, 2008

I Wonder as I am in Wonder

Kissing the Face of God by Morgan Weistling
Found at Pictures of Jesus for You



During the Christmas season I find myself wondering about the non-essentials of Christ’s birth. I think it must be the mommy in me, because I never asked such questions before my children were born.


I wonder how long Mary labored.


I wonder what the weather was like that Middle Eastern night when Mary and Joseph entered the City of David. Since the shepherds were outside with their flocks, it couldn’t have been too crisp an evening. I wonder if it was actually hot.


I wonder if Jesus was born in the evening or in the wee hours of the morning.


I wonder if other women came to help her, or was it only Joseph by her side.


I wonder if Joseph remained calm.


I wonder if Mary and Joseph felt twinges of misplaced guilt about laying down the Son of God in an animal trough.


I wonder if baby Jesus sucked in His first earthly breath and exhaled with a blustery cry.


I wonder what Jesus looked like as a baby. Was His skin robust and pink? Was He thin or pudgy…long or short? Did He have a head full of black curly hair, or was His hair straight, shaggy and a shade of dark brown? Perhaps he was born without hair. I cannot imagine a bald baby Jesus, but it is possible that He was.


I wonder what words Mary first whispered to her firstborn son.


I wonder if Mary gave her newborn a nickname or if she only called Him Jesus.


I wonder if Joseph carved presents for Mary and the boy he would raise as his own.


I wonder what Jesus thought. Did His earthly body immediately possess the mind of a divine being, or did that come later.


I wonder if the animals knew that they shared their home with their Creator.


As I wonder about the unknowns of that most holy night, a thin layer of mist fills my eyes as I remember with wonder what I do know as truth. Awe captures my breath as I visualize the Almighty God being born a poor baby who would become the ransom for the souls of every man and woman. How amazing is that grace of which I am in wonder.


Luke 2: 1-7 Contemporary English Version


About that time Emperor Augustus gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books. These first records were made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to go to their own hometown to be listed. So Joseph had to leave Nazareth in Galilee and go to Bethlehem in Judea. Long ago Bethlehem had been King David's hometown, and Joseph went there because he was from David's family. Mary was engaged to Joseph and traveled with him to Bethlehem. She was soon going to have a baby, and while they were there, she gave birth to her first-born son. She dressed him in baby clothes and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn.




39 comments:

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Mmmmmm??? Yes there are many things to ponder and wonder and much of it is wonderous.
Enjoy Christmas and the real reason for the season

Beth in NC said...

I think that is the Mommy in you for sure. I have wondered similar things. I pray there were women with her -- maybe some women from the Inn. Can you imagine Joseph being the only person there to help her? Oh my.

Perhaps we will know the answers to all of these questions someday.

Love,
Beth

Gretchen said...

Oh, me too. You layed out my wonderers so completely. :)

What a tender heart you are, my friend.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I think you should research a lot of these and write a book from a mom's point of view.

DotBlogger said...

I so very much love this post.

Mocha with Linda said...

Yes, I have wondered many of these things. Beautiful post.

Chatty Kelly said...

What a WONDERful post. I have wondered similar things. We know so little about Jesus' early days. I'm just so happy he came.

2TooManyHats said...

The sermon today took kinda the same slant as your ponderings. It has given me lots to think on.

Kimberly said...

I remember Christmases when my girls were tiny babies...rocking them, smelling the sweetness of their heads, thinking of how Mary must have felt to hold Him, to smell Him, to plant soft kisses on His tiny head.

What beautiful thoughts you have allowed us to ponder with you tonight.
Blessings, sweet friend.

Audrey said...

Beautiful post. I find myself having very similar 'wonders' at Easter. As a mom, I can't imagine the faith of this woman but as a Child of God, I am so incredibly thankful that she trusted so completely. Merry Christmas!

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Beautiful wonders! I wonder how I would have handled it if I had been told I was pregnant with God's son?? I mean, yeah, right!!! But Mary was so faithful and obedient. God knew what he was doing when he picked her. It's such a beautiful story, and it's all about wonder, all about faith. Your faith is so inspirational!

Becca said...

Beautiful. Yes, I've wondered at many of these things since I've become a Mama myself. One of the many things to look forward to Heaven for.

Edie said...

Great thoughts. I have been wonding much of the same. Have a blessed celebration of the Birth!

Natasha Vaughn, Cake Designer said...

I, too, have wondered these things. It is so hard for me to fathom my Lord and Saviour coming to earth in such a "human" way. He is so divine and awesome to me its difficult to see him in his human state. Well written my friend.

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

I have wondered those same things many times. It is a good thing to wonder - because then we are seeing it as something real - instead of a far off story.
I think part of it is the mother in us. WE have gone through child birth and we relate to Mary.
Great timely post!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for giving me such beautiful thoughts to wonder about this Christmas :)

Sharon said...

Thank You for stopping by my site, and I do hope you will come back again soon. God Bless you, And Merry Christmas.
sharon

Classic MaMa said...

This was great! I often wonder about what Mary said to Jesus, how they bonded and more importantly, how Joseph bonded with this new little boy. It wasn't even like he had children before. This was thier first experience...so many questions. I can't wait to see the movie, when we're in heaven. ;)

Mrs. Sidney said...

Very good questions. I wonder now myself..

Sandy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog....

This is a beautiful post. Blessings to you this Christmas.

Sandy Cooper
www.godspeakstoday.blogspot.com

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I have often wondered many of the same things...just another reason I can't wait to get to heaven!

Xandra

Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

One more thing...

I was just reading through your site and saw your blurb about “guilt-free reading.” All I can say is “thank you” for that.

I’m at that phase of blogging where I know God wants to take it to the next level…whatever that means. I know I’m called to write. I know I’m called to lead. I know I’m called to blog right now. And I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the numbers. I’m getting on my own nerves. :)

It took me by surprise to see that blurb on your sidebar. No coincidence, I’m sure.

I may steal it…just kidding. I do need to print it and laminate it on my forehead, though.

Thanks again. You blessed me today.

sara said...

beautiful post!

I am looking forward to asking those questions in heaven one day!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

What a BEAUTIFUL post friend.

Praying, that your Christmas celebration..is BLESSED beyond measure.

Jamey said...

wonderful post, there is a christmas song by mercy me that kind of has the Joseph perspective, of giving his new son rest because he has a huge life in front of him. its called "Joseph's lullaby" great song

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Amazing grace...I am so thankful that we know that much. This was beautifully written.

Thank you so much for coming by to visit my blog!

Debra said...

I have wondered many of these things too.

I wish you a very merry Christmas.

God bless you!!

Tales From the Eurovan said...

I love these thoughts. So many things to think about in addition to the miracle of Jesus being born.
Take care,
Julie

joan said...

Great post. I came over from Kylie's site. You have a nice blog.

Jenners said...

You always have such thought-provoking posts! I must say, these kinds of questions never really occurred to me but they are very very interesting. Wouldn't it be fun to know? Thanks for giving me more food for thought!

Mentoring Women In Ministry said...

Too often Christians have a tendency to think of Christ's birth as a story and find it hard to visualize what it might have really been like. Sure we believe the miracle of the birth, but we have a hard time "bringing it home." Thanks for helping us make the birth a little more real in our lives. Blessings and Merry Christmas! btw cThanks for your encouraging words!

Lois Lane II said...

Awesome thoughts...I've wondered what it was like to raise Jesus. How different He was. How Mary and Joseph handled various parenting things. =)

creative gal said...

Thanks for sharing. I have thought about His "birth" a lot tbe past few weeks.

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Lovely post! It's all so amazing, isn't it?

TuTu's Bliss said...

This is my favorite post not just of yours but of all posts. So many people gloss over the birth, the details and never even think about the reality of such an amazing birth. I wrote a poem about it when I was pregnant with my daughter, like you I was consumed with wonder. Can you imagine the anxiety/ the weight of birthing Jesus? She was one tough cookie.

Tiffany Stuart said...

You sound like me. I am always wondering about something...Guess we aren't suppose to know these things. It's fun to imagine the possibilities though. Loved reading your list.

Whatever the scene was it was the one of most beautiful moments of history. Jesus, our savior, born. God in human form. His life and its miracles still to come. His death and resurrection.

I'm in wonder too!

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

I enjoy hearing from you from time to time. Thank you for your friendship.

May God continue to use your blog to encourage others.

angie said...

I've wondered so many of those thoughts too. I appreciated reading them today. Your posts always inspire me so much and make me ponder the scriptures.!

Krystal said...

I too wonder...and can't imagine how amazing THAT night was....

Merry Christmas!

jamie {rose cottage} said...

I've found myself pondering these things, too. Definitely related to the mommy thing.
I enjoyed this post. :D

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