Maybe obscurity does it to you after a while, you just stop caring. Or maybe distraction was to blame. But when a very pregnant woman arrived in Bethlehem in need of shelter, the town looked the other way. But instead of moving on to the next town up, God graces Bethlehem with his own presence, right in the middle of their apathy.
God has grace for the apathetic. Instead of looking for the more passionate and devoted, he graces them with himself, the only thing powerful enough to awaken them from their apathy.
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.