Man is destined for trouble as surely as sparks fly upward. Do not let doubt or disappointment keep you from Me. I do My best work in the midst of a mess.


Cities in the Bible represent different things. Bethlehem is the place where Jesus is born and it represents incredible disappointment. 

I travel to the Pacific Northwest fairly often. There’s a place on the Pacific Ocean in Oregon called Cape Disappointment. It’s the place where Lewis and Clark finally found the ocean. 

Cause for celebration? Hardly! They thought there was going to be somebody there and there wasn’t so they named it Cape Disappointment. Just like that, Bethlehem is a place that represents when God says something is going to be awesome, then you dive down into a pit thinking, “I thought it was going to be better than this.”

Mary, mother of Jesus, likely asked that question. I can imagine her thinking, “I thought good things were going to happen. I thought You said I was blessed. This doesn’t seem like I’m blessed to me. My baby is born in abject poverty. My husband has been shamed and dishonored. I have been thrown out with the animals and You said I was the most highly favored woman on the planet earth. How does that work?”

Nobody escapes that. Every single one of us goes through terrible things when we thought things were going to be better. Nobody knows that better than Jesus Himself.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Jesus is always born in these kinds of situations. God loves to bless a horrible mess. What needs to be born in your life? Don’t get discouraged when all hell breaks loose. That’s the sign that Jesus is fixing to show up, and believe me, you won’t be disappointed!