This picture spoke to me, just as much as the verse itself. The background is bleak, cold, and desolate. I would not want to be stranded in such a place. Yet, this is where reason alone would land us. If we decided that we should only apply reason and human understanding we would find ourselves very alone. But then there is the text of Matthew 1:21. The words of the angel to Joseph explain his betrothed’s situation to him. Mary, your promised one, will have a child. This surely put Jospeh into feeling of bewilderment. Yet, the child is not from another man, but from the Holy Spirit, and her child will literally be “God with us” and He will dwell among us. Human reason can not comprehend this because it is impossible. Human reason cannot understand how an infinite Creator God can dwell within a human body. Reason cannot see past the pregnant young woman and see a God who caused a virgin to be so. Human reason would content itself with the bleakness and despair. God offers hope, a light in the darkness, the suggestion that the world is a little big bigger than we reason it is.
Just a thought for this season. God bless and Merry Christmas.