Oceans For Emotions: If Jesus had been born today in my world
By Elaine Wheat
God, the Father, had given man everything he had to establish a close relationship with the people, who he had created for that purpose. He had tried perfect places, promised lands, kings, priests, poets and prophets, but men kept on trying to be their own gods instead of following The God. So, God sent his only begotten Son as a sacrifice for man's sins. This Christmas season, while fishing the winter tide, I started to imagine what it would have been like if God had waited and sent Jesus into my world today. (Sometimes while sitting alone on a wintry beach, my mind sort of goes silly on me, so please don't think I am being serious or sacrilegious.)
Luke 2: 1-8 (in the Standard Elaine Wheat Revised Edition Translation): And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Gov. Rick Perry, of Texas, that all of Texas should be taxed except for the rich. All went to be taxed, except the rich, every one to his own district.
And Joseph went from Victoria to Indianola for that was part of his lineage, to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so, it was that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered, but there was no room for them at the inn.
The inn keeper suggested that they go to the boat dock at the Indianola Fishing Marina and that they could maybe stay there, and even offered them his used Sea Doo for their use, and Mary could ride in the back. At the Marina, the good people there said that she could stay in the boat barn.
And so it was, that while she was there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in Elaine's gray hoodie and laid him in a clean ice chest.
And there in the same country shrimpers anchored in the bay keeping watch over their nets at night. And the angel of the Lord came upon them and they were "sore" afraid, and it takes a lot to make shrimpers "sore" afraid of anything.
The angel said unto them, "Fear not, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." The shrimpers thought that maybe they had extended the shrimping season, but the angel just stuck to his message, "For unto you is born this day at the Indianola Fishing Marina, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in Elaine's grey hoodie, lying in her blue, rolling ice chest.
Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly seagulls pointing the way to the marina, just like they point the way to all good fishing spots, and singing, "Hark, Hark, Hark," which means glory to God on the highest and on earth, peace, good will toward men.
And Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Dear Lord, I will stop my mind games now and pray that I will let your Son be reborn in my heart today at this Christmas season. Help me live my life so that others can see the miracle of the Messiah living through me daily.