By Reverend Vona Wilson

Life is full of inconveniences. It’s easy to forget that there is more going on than what we can see in the moment.

When Cesar Augustus issued the order for a census to be taken of the whole Roman world, it was not the best timing for Mary and Joseph. Mary was pregnant. Traveling by donkey to Joseph’s hometown of Bethlehem was more than a little inconvenient. What was Cesar Augustus thinking?

The Innkeeper that answered the door when Joseph was looking for a place to stay the night didn’t have any room; Joseph’s request was inconvenient. When the Innkeeper offered the only place available—where the animals stayed—Mary and Joseph must have been thinking something like: “What is God up to? Can’t the Creator of the world do better than this?”

Or perhaps they just kept trusting that something more was happening. We can only imagine what it was like for them. For sure it was a messy, difficult and inconvenient ordeal for everyone!

The adventure of the unseen

Living a life of faith is trusting that even when things may seem incredibly inconvenient, God is always arranging for something greater than we can see. Walking in faith is an adventure. We often discover the blessings in reflection. What would it change about our experience if we notice some of those blessings along the way?

I know there's an array of inconveniences at our Y's across town, from parking and construction issues to rush times when treadmills are hard to come by and child watch isn't available. I also know that many of our members are facing major hardships this time of year, including loss of loved ones, unemployment, and more. It all falls under the category of things that are hard to find purpose in. But through everything—our smallest and biggest challenges—I wonder: is God up to something greater than we can see?

Let's pray together

Holy God, in this season when we reflect and celebrate the birth of Jesus, please help us to see more of the ways you are present in our ordinary lives. When we experience inconveniences small and large, open our eyes to the new perspectives you are offering us.

Please bless the interactions we will all have that may have never been possible without these changes in our communities and our days. Equip us to be your love and grace along the way. We trust you and we love you. Amen.

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Growing in spirit, mind and body is the surest path to holistic well-being. The Y offers Spirit and Mind workshops, seminars and small group classes, including a group for those who are navigating the waters of grief. Let us help support your growth in physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health.

Dr. Vona Wilson is ordained Elder with the United Methodist Church and has served in various church ministry and leadership development roles. She has a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and her Doctorate in ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.