Bethlehem... of all the places...
the tiny, little, insignificant town of Bethlehem is where the Savior of the world was born.
I don't know what you think when you hear that, but it gives me hope.
It tells me that if God can use a simple, insignificant town, He can use me. If God can bring something beautiful out of something ordinary... I just know that He can do something beautiful with my ordinary life too!
Sometimes we underestimate ourselves... and what it comes down to is that we are really underestimating God. It is never about US. It is always about HIM. The things that He can do with our lives are beyond anything we can imagine... we just need to give Him free reign to DO those things with our lives. To allow His Spirit to accomplish great things THROUGH us.
Jesus' birth, in that little town of Bethlehem, is a great reminder for us that God desires to use the least likely, the small and seemingly insignificant... Bethlehem IS Me. (and you!)
We just need to be available!
Micah 5:2-5 says,
"You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you.... He will lead His flock... in the majesty of the name of the LORD His God... And He will be the source of peace."